Vestas nails 117MW Jordan deal

Danish group Vestas has confirmed that its wind turbines will equip the first utility-scale wind farm in Jordan.

Starting from the second quarter of next year, Vestas will deliver its V112-3.0 MW turbines to the 117MW Al Tafila wind farm, 180km south of Amman.

The plant is expected to start operating in the second quarter of 2015 and the deal includes a 10-year service agreement.

Vestas has been linked with the project for some months, but confirmed this morning that developer Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) has placed a firm order.

Juan Araluce, executive vice president & chief sales officer at Vestas says: “Jordan imports around 97% of its energy, being not only heavily dependent on volatile prices, but also forced to introduce rationing power schemes when it does not succeed in meeting the population’s energy demand.

“Wind is therefore part of the solution to the country’s energy shortage both from a cost as well as from a capacity point of view.”

JWPC is a venture involving InfraMed (50%), Masdar (31%) and EP Global Energy (19%).