26 September 2012

KEPCO-MC-WDFS consortium signs PPA for $800 million power plant in Jordan

- The consortium was awarded the project following an international tender issued by NEPCO last year 

26 September 2012 - Mitsubishi Corporation (head office: Tokyo, “MC”), together with Korea Electric Power Corporation (head office: Seoul, “KEPCO”) and Wärtsilä Development & Financial Services Oy (head office: Helsinki, “WDFS”), has signed a 25-year long-term power purchase agreement (“PPA”) with National Electric Power Company (“NEPCO”) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (“Jordan”). 

The KEPCO-MC-WDFS consortium was awarded the project following an international tender issued by NEPCO last year. The consortium will construct and operate a diesel engine power plant in the eastern part of Amman, the capital of Jordan (about 30km from the center of the city), at a total project cost of approximately US$800 million. The maximum output of the power plant will be 600MW, making it the largest reciprocating engine technology power plant in the world, and is expected to commence electricity sale in 2014. 

Facing a growing electricity demand of 4-10% per annum due to steady economic growth, the Government of Jordan enacted a new electricity law in 2002 to enhance electricity generation capacity by promoting the privatization of electric power and the implementation of Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects. This is the third IPP project since the enactment of the new electricity law. Whilst the first and second IPP projects are gas fired, this third IPP project will run on heavy fuel oil or natural gas as a means of contributing to the diversification of the country’s fuel sources. 

Under its Midterm Corporate Strategy 2012 which was announced in July 2010, MC has designated global environment business as a strategic domain and is actively promoting the power generation business, including renewable energy. MC is aiming to expand its power generation capacity from the current operational level of 4.5 GW to 6GW (with 1GW coming from renewable energy sources and 5GW from thermal power) by 2015. 

Source: Mitsubishi Corporation