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Jordan’s National Electric Power Company will sign a US$400mn contract with Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power for construction of a 480MW plant, secretary general of Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said
The new facility will replace Jordan’s oldest plant – Hussein Thermal Power Station in the Red Sea Port of Aqaba, Ghaleb Maabreh told Bloomberg.
It will be completed by the end of 2019 and run primarily on natural gas as well as gasoline, he added. “Running the plant mostly on gas is a very cost-effective solution.”
The Hussein thermal station currently uses heavy fuel and gasoline and has a generating capacity of 198MW.
Jordan also plans to add 600MW of solar and wind power by 2016, energy minister Ibrahim Saif had said in September.