Jordan initiates the Green Corridor tender; increases PV target

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Jordan’s national electricity company (NEPCO) has started to process bidding offers from the first of three tenders concerning the building of the Green Corridor project. Green Corridor aims to enhance the capacity of the electricity transmission network in the south of the country.

The European Investment Bank and the French government approved loans to Jordan for the construction of the Green Corridor project a year ago. The total cost of the Green Corridor project is expected to reach approximately US$ 160 million.

NEPCO’s managing director Abdel Fattah Al-Daradkeh told the Jordan News Agency that the first tender regards the supply and installation of the Ma’an electricity substation (400/132/33 kV) and the expansion of the Qatraneh and Airport substations. The project’s financiers, the European Investment Agency and the French development agency attended the opening ceremony.

Al-Daradkeh added that the bids for the two other tenders will be received by the first week of November and awarded by mid December 2016.

The Green Corridor project is vital for the development of renewable energy in Jordan because it will allow solar and wind power generated in the southern regions of the country to be transmitted to the electricity consumption centers in central and northern Jordan.

Most of the photovoltaic farms currently under construction are located in the Ma’an area in Southern Jordan. Ma’an is also the area of the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an PV farm that was connected to the grid earlier this month.

According to Jordan’s energy strategy, the country has a target of generating 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Of this target, 600 MW of power will come from solar PV, the government had previously said.

However, pv magazine has written before that given the country’s national demand for primary energy, the 600 MW PV target needs to be raised. This analysis was confirmed this week, when Yacoub Marar, head of solar energy at the renewable energy department in Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, told a solar asset management event that the national strategy of generating 10% of energy from renewable sources by 2020 translates in 800 MW of solar PV and 800 MW of wind capacity. So far, Jordan has a good record of achieving its PV goals, which makes it a model for renewable energy in the Middle East