A fresh addition of grid capacity is set to facilitate a third round of renewables feed-in tariff projects in Jordan.
The 400 MW scheme was dropped in 2014 due to a lack of grid capacity but is now expected to go ahead as the $160m Green Corridor transmission project is completed.
The third round was launched in 2014 and was intended to comprise four build-own-operate projects with a capacity of 100 MW each.
The Green Corridor project is being funded by an €88m ($100m) loan from the European Investment Bank to Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (Nepco). The Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) will lend a further $55m.
The project consists of two new transmission lines, one of 400 kilovolts (kV) stretching 140 km and the other of 132 kV and 60 km long. It also includes constructing an electricity substation and enlarging two existing substations.
It is intended to link renewable energy generation in the south of the country to population centres in the north. It will increase Jordan’s grid capacity for renewables by more than 2GW by 2020.
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