• Lancement (pour de vrai cette fois) de la première centrale solaire en Jordanie - la technologie n’est pas précisée mais ce projet s’intègre dans un complexe qui à terme mêlera CSP et photovoltaic

    Gov’t buys sun-generated electricity for first time | The Jordan Times

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and Shams Maan Company on Monday signed an agreement by which the former would buy from the latter electricity generated from solar energy with a capacity of 50 megawatts at the Maan Development Area (MDA).

    Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed said that this project is the first of its kind in Jordan and the largest in the region regarding its 50-megawatt capacity. He noted that the project will provide 500 job opportunities during the building and installation phase, and another 50 during the operation and maintenance phase.

    According to a ministry statement after signing the agreement, carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, the investment value of this project will be around $150 million, which will produce 160 gigawatts of clean electrical power annually. The project is scheduled to operate in 2015.

    Signing similar agreements with other producers will follow during the next two weeks, the statement said.

    Hamed noted that most solar energy projects are located in MDA, with direct investment value of about $500 million, providing about 2,000 job opportunities in the building and installation phase, and 400 during the operation and maintenance phase during the project life of 20 years.

    In May 2012, the ministry launched the first phase of direct tenders, which resulted in signing 30 memoranda of understanding with qualified companies to develop projects of wind and solar energies with total capacity of about 850 megawatts in different regions in the Kingdom.

    En complément : http://www.ecomena.org/tag/shams-maan-project
    Sur les préparatifs de ce projet et notamment son économie politique et territoriale, voir Verdeil, Éric. 2011, Villes, énergie et développement durable en Jordanie  : entre néolibéralisme et improbable décentralisation, dans Expérimenter la « ville durable » au sud de la Méditerranée. Chercheurs et professionnels en dialogues, éd par. Pierre-Arnaud Barthel et Lamia Zaki, Editions de l’Aube (coll. Villes et territoires). p. 291-319. EN accès libre : http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00460974/fr

    • Un autre projet identitque :

      Jordan on Tuesday signed a $24 million agreement with Arabia One for Clean Energy Investments to build a solar-run power generation plant.

      The plant, which will be located in Maan, some 220km south of Amman, will have a total capacity of 10 megawatts, Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed told The Jordan Times.

      “This project is of great importance to the country and is part of several projects that Jordan seeks to implement to increase the production of electricity through renewable energy,” the minister said.

      The government will sign agreements with several local and international companies before the end of this month to build 10 solar energy projects with a total capacity of 140 megawatts, Hamed said in a phone interview.

      Mohannad Khalifeh, chairman of Arabia One, said the company is owned by a group of Jordanian, South Korean and Spanish investors.

      The plant is expected to be operational and connected to the grid in the last quarter of 2015, he told The Jordan Times over the phone.

      The company reached an agreement with the government to sell it electricity from the plant at JD0.12 per kilowatt hour, Khalifeh added.

      “Electricity generated through solar energy projects such as ours is much cheaper than energy produced through diesel or heavy fuel,” he noted.

      On Monday, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry signed an agreement with the Shams Maan Company under which it will buy electricity generated by a solar power plant with 50-megawatt capacity at the Maan Development Area from the firm.

      Hamed said the project is the first of its kind in Jordan and the largest in the region.

      According to the ministry, the investment value of this project, which will produce 160 gigawatts of clean electrical power annually, will be around $150 million. The project is scheduled to be operational in 2015.