Jordan starts the Green Corridor tender

Jordan’s national electricity company (NEPCO) has initiated to process bidding offers from the first of three tenders on the building of the Green Corridor project.

The project – for which Jordan received loans by the European Investment Bank and the French government - aims to strengthen the capacity of the electricity transmission network in the south of the country.

The total cost of the Green Corridor is expected to be approximately US$160 million and to be operational by 2018.

NEPCO’s Managing Director, Abdel Fattah Al-Daradkeh, told the Jordan News Energy that the first tender concerns the supply and installation of the Ma'an electricity substation (400/132/33 kV) and the expansion of the Qatraneh and Airport substations.

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

The Green Corridor project is expected to play a fundamental role in the country’s aim to develop a renewable energy footprint, with wind and solar projects (the target is the installation of 800MW solar PV) being realised in the south to send energy northwards.

According to pv magazine, “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.”