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  • 9-year-old Jordanian singer to perform at Las Vegas gala | Jordan Times

    Jordanian winner of MBC 4’s Arabs Got Talent 2017 Emanne Beasha on March 2 will perform at a philanthropic gala in Las Vegas, along with Grammy nominated singer songwriter Jewel, a joint MBC-One Night statement said.

    Nine-year-old Beasha will take part in the sixth annual “One Night for One Drop” event, imagined by Cirque du Soleil and aimed at collecting funds to benefit safe water access programmes around the world, the statement said.

    Le résultat est assez étonnant !

  • Je vois passer ceci. Quelques reprises (dont Jerusalem Post), mais qui toutes se contentent de cette unique source. Avec de grosses pincettes donc… Jordan’s King arrests brothers and cousin in suspected Saudi-led coup | Al Sura English

    King Abdullah spared no time in arresting both his brothers and cousin; Prince Faisal bin Hussein, Prince Ali bin Hussein and Prince Talal bin Muhammad after Jordanian intelligence services alerted the King that there was communication between the brothers and cousin and Saudi and Emirati leaders; Mohammad bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed. The shock house arrest of the King’s siblings comes as the Middle East faces a renewed ‘revolutionary’ movement in several countries. Leadership among the MENA states has looked towards Saudi Arabia for explanations for it’s belligerency towards the governments despite showing good working relations otherwise. Long standing allegiances with Qatar were seemingly thrown aside in moments when Saudi Arabia launched an economic blockade against long time ally Qatar. Many blame Saudi Arabia’s young Mohammad bin Salman for these poor choices in relations.

    • King sends letters to princes Feisal, Ali, Talal after retirement from army | Jordan Times

      AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday voiced his gratitude for Their Royal Highnesses Prince Feisal, Prince Ali and Prince Talal for their distinguished military services in three letters after they were referred to retirement from the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF). 

      In his letters, the Monarch expressed his sincerest appreciation of the military services of the three princes, adding that the services at the JAF have been such a great honour for the Hashemite Royal family, a Royal Court statement said.

      The King also noted that modernising the armed forces and improving their capabilities to enable them to carry out their responsibilities has been among his key priorities, adding the JAF is currently undergoing a comprehensive restructuring and development process, aimed at enhancing the capabilities of operation units, cutting down expenses and re-organising the army’s command structure for the coming years, the statement said.

      Addressing the three princes, the King said: “As institutionalism is the basis of the JAF’s work and the main pillar upon which the modernisation, development and restructuring process is rested, it has been required that you are sent to retirement just like your high-ranking brothers in the army.”

      King Abdullah expressed his pride in the services of Prince Feisal while he was serving as commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force and assistant for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, granting him the honorary rank of lieutenant general at the JAF. 

      The King expressed his pride in Prince Ali’s services in the Special Forces and Royal Guards, and granted him the honorary rank of major general.

      His Majesty also expressed his pride in Prince Talal’s services as a military secretary to His Majesty the late King Hussein and an officer at the Special Forces, granting him the honorary rank of major general.

    • Communiqué de la cour ce samedi, pour démentir :

      Rumours and misleading claims have been circulated over the past few days by a number of online outlets and social media websites, spreading lies about Their Royal Highnesses Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, and Prince Talal bin Muhammed.

      The Royal Hashemite Court will pursue legal measures against those who spread lies and false claims against Their Royal Highnesses the Princes and members of the Royal Hashemite Family, as the fabricated news circulated recently is aimed at undermining Jordan and its institutions.

      Our loyal people do not fall for such lies, which can never damage Jordan’s national unity and the deep-rooted relationship between Jordanians and the Royal Hashemite Family.

      His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), had sent Their Royal Highnesses letters in appreciation of their service after they were referred to retirement from the JAF.

      Their Royal Highnesses had been exemplary officers of the Arab Army, loyal to Jordan and the Hashemite Throne

  • Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters killed in Syria conflict — monitoring group | The Jordan Times

    More than 120,000 fighters supporting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have been killed in the country’s civil war since it began in 2011, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.

    Syria’s conflict began as a peaceful protest movement calling for reforms in 2011 but descended into civil war after a government crackdown. In total, more than 200,000 people have been killed and millions more have fled their homes.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 11,000 members of government forces and loyalist militias had been killed in the five months since Assad delivered an inauguration speech for a third presidential term.

    In a breakdown of the casualties, the group said some 5,631 armed forces members have been killed in violence including shelling, gunfights, aircraft crashes, suicide attacks, snipers, executions and car bombs since the speech.

    Another 4,492 fighters from loyalist militias had been killed, as well as 735 fighters of Arab, Asian and Iranian origin, and 91 from the Lebanese Shiite movement Hizbollah, the monitoring group said.

    Shiite fighters including from neighbouring Iraq and Lebanon have joined Syria’s fight to aid Assad, a member of the Shiite-derived Alawite sect, against the Sunni rebels trying to overthrow him.

    Assad was inaugurated for a third presidential term in July after winning an election the opposition denounced as a farce.

    Exact death tolls in the conflict have been difficult to verify, but the figures calculated by the observatory are widely regarded as credible. The United Nations estimated in August more than 190,000 people had died in the conflict.


  • Lawmakers debate planned gas imports from Israel | The Jordan Times

    the minister listed six justifications for importing natural gas from the natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, including curbing NEPCO’s losses and securing more than one source of gas. “Importing liquefied natural gas will enhance the Kingdom’s energy security.”

    The withdrawal of British Petroleum from the concession agreement of gas exploration in the Risheh field, the low cost of natural gas-fired electricity generation and the impossibility to replace natural gas with renewable energy and oil shale to generate electricity are the other reasons Hamed cited.

    #Jordanie #gaz #énergie

  • Jordanie : des subventions universelles à un ciblage social et national, évolutif dans le temps
    Third tranche of fuel compensation cancelled | The Jordan Times

    The government will not disburse the third tranche of cash payments to households in compensation for removing fuel subsidies, as international oil prices have been below $100 a barrel for more than two months, a government official said Thursday.
    Under the currently implemented system, each individual from households that consist of six members or less, and whose income is less than JD800 a month or JD10,000 a year, is entitled to JD70 annually to compensate for the price increases.

    Official figures estimate that around 70 per cent of Jordanians are eligible to benefit from the cash support.
    Bread subsidy

    At Thursday’s meeting with the press, Ensour also talked about the government’s intentions to find a mechanism to remove the subsidy on flour used for making bread that would not affect Jordanians.

    Noting that the government imports a tonne of wheat for JD350 and sells it to bakeries and mills for JD30, he explained that the mechanism seeks to reduce the wastage of bread and the misuse of subsidised flour, which in some cases is sold and used as fodder for animals.

    Foreigners residing in Jordan, estimated at over 2.5 million, also benefit from the bread subsidy.

  • Shale oil-fuelled power plant to be ready late 2018 | The Jordan Times
    Après les Russes qui sont engagés dans le grand projet de centrale nucléaire, les Chinois vont financer cette centrale thermique au pétrole de schiste, qui sera construite par une compagnie estonienne).
    Intéressante géopolitique de l’énergie dans ce pays...

    Jordan’s first shale oil-fuelled power plant will be operational at the end of 2018, officials said.

    The facility is expected to slash the country’s energy bill by $500 million annually as the electricity it will produce will be bought at half the current price, officials said Wednesday.

    The $2.2 billion plant, which will have a total capacity of 470 megawatts (MW), accounting for some 15 per cent of Jordan’s current overall electricity capacity of 3,200MW, will utilise Jordan’s vast reserves of oil shale estimated at more than 70 billion tonnes, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Hamed said at a press conference after signing a power purchase agreement with the consortium that will build the power plant, Enefit (Eesti Energia AS), YTL Power International Berhad and Near East Investments Limited. The plant will be built on build, own and operate basis.

    Under the 30-year agreement, Enefit will sell each kilowatt to the government at about $0.107, which is much less than the current costs of using diesel and heavy fuel to generate electricity, Andres Anijalg, project director for Enefit Jordan, told The Jordan Times after the signing ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

    Currently, each kilowatt generated by burning diesel or heavy fuel costs around JD0.15, which is equivalent to $0.21.

    Enefit will finance the plant via loans from the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China with the support of China Export and Credit Insurance Corp., said Anijalg.

    #énergie #électricité #pétrole_de_schiste

  • Jordanie : Emergence d’un débat sur l’achat de gaz naturel à Israël
    ‘Israel gas deal will save Jordan JD700m annually’ | The Jordan Times

    Lawmakers at the EDAMA event warned against relying on Israeli gas, stressing that Jordan should tap its local resources including renewable energy and shale oil.

    “There is always a conflict of interest with Israel. At a certain point, they might stop giving us gas. Although we have a peace treaty with Israel we remain at hostilities with the Zionist entity,” Jamal Gammouh, head of the Lower House Energy Committee, said at the meeting.

    “We cannot look at Israel as an economic partner. This has serious social and economic consequences. We need to focus on alternatives,” said Gammouh.

    Jawad Anani, chair of the Senate Energy Committee, said Jordan needs not to rely on the Israeli gas.

    “We need to learn a lesson. We used to rely on Egyptian gas and it suddenly stopped and we were in trouble,” said Anani.

    “We need political assurance that there will be no cuts. Relying on Israeli gas is risky,” said Anani.

    “Jordan should focus on local resources. We should never be dependent on external resources,” he added, referring to oil shale and renewable energy.

    #Jordanie #électricité #Israël #énergie

  • Israel to supply Jordan with natural gas | Al Akhbar English

    Israel is to supply Jordan with natural gas from its vast Leviathan offshore gas field over a period of 15 years, US giant Noble Energy announced Wednesday.

    Ne pas oublier que pendant ce temps là, les Israéliens empêchent l’exploitation du gaz palestinien de Gaza Marine, et que l’instabilité libanaise et l’incertitude entretenue concernant la frontière maritime empêchent aussi les Libanais d’exploiter leur gisement. Deux frères arabes qui pourraient livrer aussi du gaz aux Israéliens...
    voir aussi :
    #gaz #pétrole #énergie #Jordanie #Israël

    • et voilà le compte rendu du côté jordanien :

      NEPCO [la compagnie électrique jordanienne] signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Noble Energy, which owns 39 per cent of the Leviathan natural gas field in Israel, to buy gas over a period of 15 years and at a total cost of $15 billion, the minister told The Jordan Times in an interview on Wednesday.

      NEPCO and the American company Noble Energy will sign an official agreement in November for the purchase of the natural gas, said the minister.

      The two sides are currently in the process of drafting the details of the final agreement and agreeing whether gas will be supplied to Jordan through vessels or via the gas pipelines in Egypt.

      This is the second agreement between a Jordanian company and Noble Energy. In February, the Arab Potash Company signed a $771 million agreement with Noble Energy under which the latter will provide the company with 66 billion cubic metres of natural gas over a period of 15 years.

      “We allowed all Jordanian companies, whether public or private, to import gas from anywhere they want and think is feasible. This agreement between the power company and Noble Energy is part of the government’s interest to help institutions address challenges they face due to rising energy costs,” the minister said.

      NEPCO’s losses are expected to reach JD1.350 billion by the end of 2014 and the company needs to stop this trend, Hamed indicated.

      “After cuts in natural gas supply from Egypt, we started looking into feasible options to reduce costs and meet rising demands on electricity,” he added.

      Last month, the minister announced that NEPCO will sign a letter of intent with British Gas Group, which has concession rights to explore gas offshore the Gaza Strip, to import natural gas.

      NEPCO will import 150-180 million cubic feet per day of natural gas from fields the company is developing offshore the strip.

      During the first quarter of 2015, NEPCO will sign the agreement to purchase gas from British Gas Group, it has been announced.

      On met bien en avant à chaque fois les partenaires étrangers plutôt qu’étatiques...

  • La Jordanie future destinataire du gaz de Gaza ?
    Cabinet approves several projects, agreements | The Jordan Times

    The Cabinet on Wednesday approved several recommendations and projects at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

    The Cabinet approved a recommendation by its Economic Development Committee to allow Jordan to benefit from the natural gas field discovered in Palestinian regional waters near Gaza and coordinate with the Palestinian Authority in this regard.

    To further this aim, the Council of Ministers tasked the Planning Ministry with contacting USAID to approve the assignment of Deloitte, or any other consultancy firm, to help the Energy Ministry in the negotiations for the gas agreement.

  • ‘Deal on oil shale-fuelled power plant to be signed this month’ | The Jordan Times

    The government on Thursday said it will sign an agreement this month for the construction of the country’s first oil shale-fuelled power plant after agreeing with Enefit on the final details of the $2.1 billion project.

    Jordan and the joint Estonian-Malaysian consortium agreed that the price per kilowatt hour that the government will buy from the plant will be levelised, ranging from a minimum of 78 fils per kilowatt hour to a maximum of 99 fils per kilowatt hour, Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed told The Jordan Times in an interview on Thursday.

    Reaching a final agreement on the price paves the way for going ahead with the project after the consortium threatened in early May to abandon the project if no final agreement is sealed with the government by mid-June.

    “The draft of the final agreement is now complete and was sent to the Cabinet for endorsement,” Hamed said, adding that the two sides will sign the power purchase agreement after the Council of Ministers approves the deal.

    The agreement will be for 30 years, with the option of being extended to 40 years, according to the minister, who noted that the plant will have a 470-megawatt capacity.

    The government decided to give Enefit three to six months to reach financial closure for the project, Hamed said, adding that once financial closure is achieved the company has 36 months to complete the power plant.

    “I expect the plant to be ready and connected to the grid by late 2017,” he said.

    Enefit Jordan BV is owned by Enefit (Eesti Energia AS), YTL Power International Berhad and Near East Investments Limited.

    Enefit mandated the Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, supported by China Export & Credit Insurance Corp., to arrange $1.4b of debt financing for the planned plant.

    #pétrole_de_schiste #pétrole_de_roche #Jordanie #énergie #électricité #China

  • Kingdom to become renewable energy regional leader — PM | The Jordan Times

    The premier told the House during a meeting Sunday that a tender will be floated “this month or next month” for a project to generate 400 megawatt (MW) of electricity, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

    Ensour also announced that another 1000MW green energy project will be implemented in partnership with the UAE, starting the end of 2014.

    #Jordanie #électricité #énergie

  • JEPCO striking employees, administration reach compromise | The Jordan Times

    The Labour Ministry on Tuesday managed to resolve the dispute between the Electricity Workers Union (EWU) and the Jordanian Electric Power Company (JEPCO), ending a work stoppage that began last Wednesday.

    #Jordanie #grève #électricité #énergie

  • Consortium threatens to quit oil shale mega-project if deal remains pending | The Jordan Times

    Enefit, a joint Estonian-Malaysian consortium, said Tuesday it would abandon its $2.1 billion oil shale project in Jordan if no final agreement is sealed with the government soon, according to Andres Anijalg, project director for Enefit Jordan.

    Meanwhile, the government said that it was seeking a lower price per kilowatt than what the company offered.

    The company, which plans to build a 553-megawatt oil shale-fuelled power plant, said it has not received a government response yet on a price it proposed to sell electricity from the plant and connect it to the national grid, a matter it said endangers the implementation of the entire project.

    #energie #électricité #pétrole_de_schiste #oil_shale #Jordanie

  • Mise en oeuvre en Jordanie d’un système de compensation directe des ménages défavorisés à la place d’un système de subvention des prix. Il serait intéressant d’avoir un bilan de l’application de ce système. L’idée à la base était que 70% des ménages bénéficieraient du remboursement ( 750.000 ménages correspondent plutôt à la moitié de la population (6,3 M habitants/4,2 pers. par ménage). Donc il ne serait pas étonnant que cela suscite du mécontentement...

    First tranche of fuel compensation disbursement concludes | The Jordan Times

    The Income and Sales Tax Department (ISTD) on Wednesday finished the disbursement of the first tranche of fuel compensation for 2014.

    ISTD Media Spokesperson MousaTarawneh said 930,000 heads of families from the public and private sectors applied for the compensation, 750,000 of whom were eligible.

    The total amount disbursed reached around JD88 million, with an average of JD95 for each family.

    #Jordanie #énergie #subvention

  • Ouverture d’un deuxième camp pour les réfugiés syriens en Jordanie
    First group of Syrian refugees arrives in Azraq camp | The Jordan Times

    The first group of Syrians has already arrived at the Azraq Refugee Camp, which will be officially opened on Wednesday, with a capacity of hosting up to 130,000 refugees.

    Azraq is the third Syrian refugee camp in Jordan and “probably the biggest planned refugee camp in history”, Andrew Harper, UNHCR representative to Jordan, said on Monday.

    “It probably is one of the biggest planned camps, because it’s organised; we have the resources and had 10 months to prepare it,” Harper told The Jordan Times over the phone, noting that in the case of the Zaatari camp, “we only had 10 days to prepare for it.”

    “We had to adapt with the influx of Syrians and we didn’t have the resources then,” the UNHCR official explained. The Zaatari camp is currently hosting more than 170,000 refugees, he said.

    According to official figures, the number of Syrians registered as refugees in the Kingdom has exceeded 600,000, while there are 750,000 Syrians who were in the country before the civil war erupted in March 2011.

    However, the UNHCR is currently working with the Interior Ministry to double check the latest figures, according to Harper.

    #Jordanie #Syrie #réfugiés #camp

  • La Jordanie poursuit la mise en oeuvre de son programme d’énergie renouvelable, même si ses ambitions sont modestes dans ce domaine en comparaison des projets nucléaires et de pétrole de schiste
    ‘New wind power plant to cover electricity needs of 150,000 people’ | The Jordan Times

    Construction work on Jordan’s first wind power plant, an investment worth $292 million, will start in the next few weeks, the Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) said Monday.

    The 117-megawatt wind farm located in Tafileh, 180km southwest of Amman, is expected to be commercially operational in the last quarter of 2015, JWPC Chairman Samer Judeh told The Jordan Times on Monday.

    The project is co-developed with InfraMed, which has a 50 per cent share, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar with 31 per cent and EP Global Energy with 19 per cent, Judeh said.

    JWPC awarded a contract to Vestas to install turbines for the project, he added, noting that the wind farm will not only be the first in Jordan but also the first in the Middle East.

    The wind farm is projected to generate about 400 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, which is sufficient to provide power to 150,000 Jordanians.

    The 38 wind turbines required for the project will be directly transported from the Port of Aqaba to the site over the coming months, according to a statement issued by Vestas.

    “The first turbines will begin to produce electricity as from the first quarter of 2015, and the wind power plant will be fully operational by August 2015,” the statement said.

    Vestas said the project will provide jobs to “150 people during construction and 30 during its operation”.

    Under an agreement, JWPC will sell electricity to the government at a fixed price for the next 20 years after operations start, Judeh said, adding that it will help save millions of dollars for the country.

    “Generating 117 megawatts using wind energy will save about $50 million annually, as using heavy fuel and diesel for power generation, which is the current situation, means much higher costs.”

    #énergie #électricité #Jordanie #éolien #renouvelable

  • Jordan counting on oil shale to address energy woes — Batayneh | The Jordan Times

    Jordan is looking for and considering various solutions to deal with its energy problem, and a main breakthrough is expected in 2017 with the utilisation of oil shale reserves, Senator Alaa Batayneh said on Monday


  • Privatisation panel highlights transparency of mission | The Jordan Times

    The report reviewed the privatisation of 19 companies which used to be owned by the government in the fields of mining, telecommunications, aviation, water and electricity.

    He pointed out that there were some legal violations in some of the transactions, particularly in the phosphate company deal as officials at that time followed direct negotiations with one investor without inviting tenders from various investors.

    However, Razzaz said that the privatisation programme had also boosted the performance of the companies and created more jobs for Jordanians.

    He said that the report criticised the transfer of the government’s shares in certain sectors, especially in mining and cement, adding that keeping strategic stocks in these firms would have prevented monopoly.


  • Nouveaux projets éoliens et solaires signés en Jordanie
    Jordan inks 12 deals for solar-run power plants | The Jordan Times

    Jordan on Monday signed deals with two companies to build two solar energy-run power plants, Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed said.

    Jordan will sign an agreement with Spain’s Elecnor this month to build a $150 million wind-operated power plant in the southern city of Maan, according to Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed.

    The 75-megawatt power plant will be funded by a grant from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and is expected to be connected to the grid in the first quarter of 2015, Hamed said in an interview with The Jordan Times on Monday.


  • 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 :
    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 :

    • 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.