Attarat Power Plant

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Attarat Power Plant
Country Jordan
Location Attarat Um Ghudran
Status Proposed
Commission date 2018 (expected)
Owner(s) Eesti Energia
YTL Power International
Near East Investments
Operator(s) Attarat Power Company
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Oil shale
Power generation
Make and model Siemens
Units planned 2 x 270 MW
Nameplate capacity 544 MW

Attarat Power Plant is a planned oil shale-fueled power plant at Attarat Um Ghudran area in Jordan. The concession agreement between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and National Electricity Power Company of Jordan, and Estonian power company Eesti Energia was signed on 30 April 2008.[1][2] The project is developed in the partnership with YTL Power International and Near East Investments of Jordan, and will be operated by Attarat Power Company.[3][4]

The power plant will have a total capacity of 544 MW.[5] It will consist of two circulating-fluidized-bed units.[6] The engineering, procurement and construction contract was awarded to Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation, a subsidiary of China Energy Engineering Group. The power plant would be designed by WorleyParsons. It would use boilers provided by Foster Wheeler and the turbine by Siemens.[5] The project would be financed by US$1.4 billion loan provided by the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and guaranteed by China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation.[5]

A 30-year power purchase agreement was signed with Jordan in October 2014, and the plant is expected to start operation in the second half of 2018.[7] When constructed, it will be among the largest power plants in Jordan (the largest being Aqaba Thermal Power Station), and the largest oil shale-fired power plant in the world after Narva Power Plants in Estonia.[8][9][10]

The power plant would consume 10 million tons of oil shale per year.[6] It would need over its 40-years lifetime an oil-shale mining area of approximately 11 square kilometres (4.2 sq mi).[4]

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  1. ^ "Jordan's first oil shale power plant expected in 7 years". Jordan Times. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  2. ^ Taimre, Sandra (2008-04-30). "Eesti Energia signed an exclusive contract with Jordan". BBN. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Enefit consortium starts tendering process for Jordan oil shale fired power plant". Jordan News Agency. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  4. ^ a b Derhally, Massoud A. (2012-12-23). "Bids for Jordan's first oil shale power plant expected in February". Arabian Business. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  5. ^ a b c "Preliminary Agreement Reached With Chinese Builder for Oil Shale Power Station in Jordan". ERR. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ a b "Jordan has 80-million-ton stockpile of oil shale". Jordan News Agency. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  7. ^ "Attarat Power Company signs PPA for 554MW Jordan oil shale fired power project" (PDF). IPP Journal. 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Estonia to build oil shale plant in Jordan" (PDF). The Baltic Times. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  9. ^ Fuel Switching Project of the Aqaba Thermal Power Station (ATPS) (PDF) (Report). UNFCCC. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  10. ^ Bains, Elizabeth (2008-06-01). "Jordan orders oil shale plant". Arabian Business. Retrieved 2008-07-19.