In an interview with Bloomberg, Jordan’s Minister of Energy, Saleh Kharabsheh said 45 companies have been selected to bid for six solar and wind projects totaling 300 MW.
Overall, four solar PV plants worth 200 MW will be developed. The government has selected 31 companies to compete for these, including Linuo Group, FRV Solar Holdings, ACWA Power, Chint Solar, Total Solar and TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis, said Kharabsheh.
He added that the companies will submit financial and technical details of their bids by the end of this month.
As pv magazine reported in its January 2017 print edition, in December 2016, Jordan’s government invited qualified private sector developers, joint ventures or consortiums with in-depth experience in independent power producer (IPP) and build-own-operate (BOO) schemes to apply for the tender of 200 MW of new solar PV and 100 MW of new wind energy capacity.
The PV plants are to be developed in the Ma’an area, which is about 220 km southwest of the capital city Amman, while the size of each project is limited to 50 MW. Successful bidders will be offered a power purchase agreement for a term of 20 to 25 years.
As reporter, Ilias Tsagas wrote at the time, the bids are expected to be highly competitive. Jordan’s second tender run in 2015 awarded four 50 MW PV projects, with feed-in tariffs of $0.0613 per kWh, $0.0649 per kWh, $0.0691 per kWh and $0.0767 per kWh, respectively.
The country’s first PV tender, meanwhile, awarded 12 projects totaling 200 MW with a FIT of $0.169/kWh, apart from the Shams Ma’an 52.5 MW project, which received a tariff of $0.148 per kWh. All projects under this tender are operational.