The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Saturday invited world firms specialising in generating electricity from wind power to submit bids for the construction of three wind-powered electric generating plants with a 25-30 megawatt capacity each.
Minister of Energy Wael Sabri said the firm which wins the tender to set up the three stations will conclude a deal with the ministry on the principle of build, operate and transfer (BOT) while the Jordan National Electric Power Company will buy the electric power generated by these three plants.
Potential locations for building the wind power stations are: Ras Munif Heights in the north, Fajie area in the Shobak mountains in the south and Wadi Araba in the Aqaba region, according to the minister, who pointed out that the wind in these areas normally measures 5.5 to 6.5 meters a second at an altitude of 10 meter and 7.5 meters a second at an altitude of 30 meters.
Jordan imports most of its energy needs from Iraq at the rate of $600 million a year under concessionary terms.
Last week, Jordan and Iraq renewed their annual oil protocol, under which Iraq will supply Jordan with five million tones of crude oil and oil products during the year 2001.
The minister said the move to find alternate sources of energy is in implementation of the ministry's strategy to gradually reduce total reliance on imported oil.
The minister noted that a number of experimental wind energy generating stations have been built over the past few years in the badia region, producing limited amounts of electricity used to pump water and to operate television and radio sets in remote health centers of the country.—AFP.
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