Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding with 23 undisclosed companies for the construction of a 30 MW storage system. The ministry said that all of the companies will now have six months to prepare their technical and financial offers in the frame of a tendering process it launched in August.
According to a press release from the ministry, published by the government-run Jordan News Agency, the project is planned to help stabilize the electrical transmission network from the current fluctuations in the grid, especially from those caused by large-scale wind and solar power plants, the government said.
After launching the expression of interest for the project in August, the ministry shortlisted 23 companies out of 41 initial bidders in December. The project’s investment is estimated at around $40 million, while its completion has been scheduled for mid-2019.
More details on the project were not provided. According to Chinese press agency, Xinhua, however, among the 21 shortlisted companies there are Germany’s Innogy SE, UAE’s EMA Power Investment Limited, Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, Netherlands’ FRV Solar Holdings IX B.V., China’s TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Co.,Ltd, Japan’s Marubeni Corporation and EP Global Energy Ltd. of Cyprus.
At the end of 2017, the Jordan ministry specified in its statement, the combined capacity of all wind and solar power generators installed in Jordan had reached 500 MW. Another 2.2 GW, the Jordan government added, will be installed by 2021.