Jordan announces bidders for $150m solar power project

12 April 2015 (Last Updated April 12th, 2015 18:30)

Jordan has picked 15 bidders including local and international developers to set up a $150m power project in the country.

Jordan has picked 15 bidders including local and international developers to set up a $150m power project in the country.

The renewable project to be built in Qweira in the southern Governorate of Aqaba will receive funds from the $5bn Gulf Cooperation Council grant, reports The Jordan Times.

The winning bidder for the 75MW facility will be declared after the parties submit their respective technical and financial proposals.

Interested bidders for the project are First Solar Electric, Elecnor, SunEdison Italia Construction, China Gezhouba Group International Engineering, as Dongfang Electric International Corporation, as well as Isolux Ingenieria and Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation of China Energy Engineering Group, and Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology.

"The renewable project will receive funds from the $5bn Gulf Cooperation Council grant."

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources spokesperson Haidar Gammaz was quoted by The National Daily as saying: "This is one of the important projects for Jordan and part of its strategy towards further adoption of renewable energy."

The Arab country intends to connect multiple renewable energy projects, totalling 1800MW, to the national power grid within 2018.

Presently, 97% of Jordan’s power requirements are being met through energy imports. The country wants to derive 10% of its total energy requirements from renewable resources.