Jordan begins operations of $287m wind farm

The Tafila Wind Farm project has a total capacity of 117MW, and consists of 38 wind turbines

PHOTO: The wind farm project will produce about 400 gigawatt-hours annually. Image for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Shutterstock

Jordan has begun the operations of the Tafila Wind Farm, its first utility-scale wind project, it was reported.

The announcement was made by the National Electric Power Company and the Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC), the project’s owner and operator, after the successful connection of the wind farm to the national grid, Jordan Times reported.

The Tafila Wind Farm is now operating at its full capacity of 117MW. The project will produce about 400 gigawatt-hours annually. The $287 million project, built in the southern governorate of Tafilah, will account for 3% of the total energy currently produced in Jordan.

The wind farm project consists of 38 wind turbines, each with a rated capacity of approximately 3MW. Each turbine is approximately 150 metres in height, and weighs around 200 tonnes.

The project secured financing through several international institutions and banks, including the International Finance Corporation, European Investment Bank, Eksport Kredit Fonden, OPEC Fund for International Development, Dutch Development Bank, Europe Arab Bank and the Capital Bank of Jordan.

In May 2013, the UAE’s Masdar signed a share purchase agreement to acquire a 31% shareholding in JWPC.

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