Jordan: new 100 MW Quweira PV farm given green light


pv magazine has learned that Jordan’s ministry of energy and mineral resources has awarded Abu Dhabi-based Enviromena Power Systems and Spanish TSK Groupthe contract to build the Quweira PV plant.

The Quweira site, which is to be the location of the new solar plant in the southern part of the country, was announced in November 2014 together with a call for the submission of applications concerning the project’s EPC contract prequalification.

Finally, more than a year later, the country has picked the winner out of a list of prequalified applicants that resubmitted their tenders.

A surprisingly positive outcome is the news that the ministry’s initial call for the submission of EPC applications talked of the construction of a 65 MW to 75 MW PV plant. However, the final decision, reached last month, award a 100 MW PV plant that will cost approximately $130 million.

EPC projects owned by the state

pv magazine asked Karim Asali, a Jordanian and First Solar’s technical director for Europe, why the Quweira project was tendered separately and not together with the rest of the large-scale solar PV projects in Jordan’s first or second national tender for PV plants.

Asali said that this is because the Quweira project is owned by the state, forming a separate form of remuneration scheme for PV plants in Jordan.

With the competitive biddings of the first and second tenders, Jordan’s government awarded projects that are solely owned by private investors, Asali expanded.

The Quweira project, though, is state-owned, suggesting a separate EPC scheme where the government awards the EPC contractor but then also owns the project. The rationale behind the EPC scheme, Asali added, is that these projects are funded through foreign donations, hence financing is considered to come via public money and, therefore, the tender of the project should not be left totally to the market.

In the case of the Quweira PV farm, the funding is a donation of the Abu Dhabi development fund channeled through Jordan’s government.

Jordan has a target to install 600 MW of solar PV and 1,200 MW of wind capacity by 2020, and the first two tenders for large-scale PV plants and the net metering scheme have already kick-started a lively domestic PV market.

The January issue of pv magazine expands on Jordan’s great solar PV success and draws on the opportunities and limitations that are set to boost or halt the Jordanian PV industry.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.