UK-based independent engineering consultancy OST Energy has signed a new agreement to offer environmental and social (E&S) monitoring support for the 86MW Al Rajef windfarm in Jordan, the Middle East.
OST Energy has been appointed on behalf of project lenders the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Agence Française de Développement's (AFD) subsidiary Proparco, and KfW Group's wholly-owned subsidiary DEG.
The four-year agreement signed with UAE-based developer and power producer Alcazar Energy aims to monitor Al Rajef’s ongoing compliance with environmental and social requirements in the Environmental and Social Action Plan.
As per the terms of the contract, OST Energy will provide E&S monitoring services during construction and early operations phases. The company will also be responsible for monitoring the project’s impact on the surrounding environment and local communities.
Alcazar Energy's delivery and operations director Daniel Lancha said: “OST’s international environmental and social expertise played a key role in their appointment as the lenders’ E&S advisor during this critical phase in the project’s development.
“We are confident that the project will deliver long-term benefits and positive change to local communities.”
To date, OST Energy has provided E&S monitoring support on 3GW wind and solar projects worldwide. Once completed, Jordan’s Al Rajef farm will be one of the first wind projects developed under round 1 of the government's feed-in tariff (FiT) programme, which was introduced for renewable energy projects in 2011.
Located near the village of Al Rajef in the Ma'an Governorate, approximately 200km south of Amman, the project will significantly increase the country’s total installed wind energy generation capacity.
Under a long-term power purchase agreement, Al Rajef Wind Farm will sell all its power to the Jordanian National Electricity Power Company.
Image: The site of Al Rajef wind farm in Jordan. Photo: courtesy of OST Energy