Attarat Power Plant

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Attarat Power Plant
Country Jordan
Location Attarat Um Ghudran
Status Proposed
Commission date 2019 (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 235 MW
Nameplate capacity 470 MW

Attarat Power Plant is a planned oil shale-fueled power plant in the 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 (Enefit) was signed on 30 April 2008.[1][2] The project is developed by Enefit Jordan B.V., a partnership between Eesti Energia, YTL Power International and Near East Investments of Jordan, and will be operated by Attarat Power Company, a daughter company of Enefit Jordan.[3][4]

The power plant will have a total capacity of 470 MW.[5][6] It will consist of two circulating-fluidized-bed units.[7] 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.[8] The project will be cost US$1.6 billion[5][6] and will be financed by $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.[6][8]

A 30-year power purchase agreement was signed with Jordan in October 2014.[9] The construction agreement was signed on 12 January 2016.[5] The plant is expected to start operation in the second half of 2019.[5][6] 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.[10][11][12]

The power plant would consume 10 million tons of oil shale per year.[7] Over its 40-year lifetime it would need an oil-shale mining area of approximately 11 square kilometres (4.2 sq mi).[4]

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  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. 
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  5. ^ a b c d "Energy: 1.6 $billion to fund oil shale energy project". ANSAmed. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Agreement signed to establish plant to generate electricity". Jordan News Agency. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
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  8. ^ a b "Preliminary Agreement Reached With Chinese Builder for Oil Shale Power Station in Jordan". ERR. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  9. ^ "Attarat Power Company signs PPA for 554MW Jordan oil shale fired power project" (PDF). IPP Journal. 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Estonia to build oil shale plant in Jordan" (PDF). The Baltic Times. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  11. ^ Fuel Switching Project of the Aqaba Thermal Power Station (ATPS) (PDF) (Report). UNFCCC. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  12. ^ Bains, Elizabeth (2008-06-01). "Jordan orders oil shale plant". Arabian Business. Retrieved 2008-07-19.