In yesterday’s press conference, Irani indicated that the tender for the Fujeij wind energy plant is in its final stages of preparation, underlining that the 80-90 megawatt wind farm, planned to be established in an area near Wadi Musa, will further the strategy.
Proposals for the wind power plant at Kamshah, near Jerash, had been rejected twice over the price of electricity tariffs quoted by the winning bidder, Greek firm Terna Energy SA, according to the ministry.
Last year, the tender for the 30-40 megawatt wind farm garnered interest from two international companies, a Russian firm and Terna, with whom the government entered negotiations several months ago.
The main obstacles to concluding the agreement are the high tariffs and prices quoted for electricity included in the proposal, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources previously told, indicating that the prices were based on the economic situation and high oil prices when it was crafted late last year.
The wind farm, which was to be constructed on a build-operate-transfer basis with financing provided by the World Bank, was scheduled to be operational this year as the Kingdom’s first wind power plant.
Known for its affordability and relatively quick construction period, authorities have prioritised wind power as a key part of the Kingdom’s strategy for greater energy independence.