A Dutch company, specialised mainly in electrical engineering, has said it will take part in a government tender issued this week to set up three windmill farms in the north, south and central regions of the country.
Jack Gelderen, project development manager of Strukton Systems said the medium-sized Dutch firm has formed a consortium with Netherlands-based Rabbani Trading and Consulting to bid for the tender, which will enable each farm to generate 25-30 megawatts that will reduce the cost of fuel.
Strukton started operations in the Kingdom in 1997 and has closely cooperated with the National Electric Power Company to generate electricity in Sweimeh near the Dead Sea. Gelderen said Strukton built the Tareq 132/33 kV sub-station which was inaugurated on Monday.
The electric power plant is located at the Dead Sea town of Sweimeh to supply power to the hotels and other tourist projects on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea.
“Our aim is to develop the area and make infrastructure available in order to attract investors,” he told the Jordan Times late Monday. Gelderen, who is a member of a Dutch business delegation to Jordan, said the Dutch transferred a lot of technical know-how and delivered equipment for the JD8 million project.
The delegation's business meetings which concluded on Monday were held within the framework of the Jordanian-Dutch Business Council, co-chaired by RTC Executive Vice President Salim Rabbani and Jordan Businessmen Association Chairman Hamdi Tabbaa. The Nov. 10-13 meetings were attended by 100 members of the Jordanian and Dutch business communities.
The 13 participating Netherlands-based companies are specialized in IT and telecommunications, power and energy, banking and investment, training and research, agriculture, and supply and distribution.
Rabbani said Jordanian and Dutch businessmen signed a joint declaration to boost business ties and to enhance communications.
“Jordan's [business] flexibility and hospitality [makes] people feel welcomed [and] creates a base for business,” he said.
Amin Amin, Middle East project coordinator of the Delft University of Technology, said IT representatives would meet in Holland next year for a symposium to discuss ways to narrow the gap between academic IT education and practice, which is one of the drawbacks for most IT graduates.
Delft is a research-based institute and has cooperated with 22 countries across the globe in the IT sector.
Amin said industry graduates often require at least six months of training before they qualify for a job, and that Delft provides needed know-how in order to meet market demands.
Businessmen will also discuss potential joint ventures in IT through which Jordanians can develop software for international markets under Dutch supervision.
( Jordan Times )
By Suha Ma'ayeh
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