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ACWA Power Zarqa IPP, driven by GE Power’s 9E gas turbines, enters commercial operations to add 485 MW electricity to Jordan’s grid

Amman, Jordan – WEBWIRE
  • ACWA Power Zarqa IPP can generate the equivalent electricity needed to supply up to 350,000 Jordanian households and is the most efficient thermal power plant in Jordan
  • ACWA Power is the developer of the power plant, with SEPCO III as EPC contractor
  • Project supports the Jordan Vision 2025 and National Energy Strategy to drive power infrastructure projects in the country 

ACWA Power today announced the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) commenced commercial operations of its ACWA Power Zarqa combined cycle power plant on 29th September 2018. The plant can generate up to 485 megawatts (MW), the equivalent electricity required to supply up to 350,000 Jordanian households. The project is the most efficient thermal power plant in Jordan, capable of operating at over 51 percent combined cycle efficiency, leading to lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions per megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated.

ACWA Power Zarqa plant deploys three 9E gas turbines, provided by GE Power, following an agreement executed in September 2016 with ACWA Power, the developer of the plant, and SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co. Ltd., which is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. 

The independent power project (IPP) supports Jordan’s Vision 2025 to boost economic growth and the Master Strategy of the Energy Sector of Jordan (National Energy Strategy) to drive stronger investments in private and public power projects to boost domestic energy generation by 40 per cent by 2020.

Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power, said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of Zarqa CCGT plant, which reaffirms our commitment and contribution to the Jordanian power sector, economy, and social development. The completion of construction and commencement of operations of the ACWA Power Zarqa plant represents our pragmatic approach to serving the power needs of growing countries and communities while increasing efficiency and delivering power at low cost. The fact that this project is capable of delivering electricity at one of the lowest tariffs in the country is a source of great pride to us.”

Projects business in the Middle East, Pakistan and India, added, “GE has supported the development of Jordan’s power sector for almost 40 years, with advanced solutions that bring high levels of operational efficiency and productivity. GE’s 9E gas turbines are an excellent fit for Jordan as they operate reliably and efficiently in extreme conditions such as desert heat and offer tremendous versatility and fuel flexibility, capable of running on more than 50 different kinds of fuels, thus allowing NEPCO to utilize more economical fuels and leading to lower costs of power production.”  

Located to the north-east of Zarqa city, the project is constructed next to the decommissioned Hussein Thermal Power Station (HTPS). In addition to the three GE heavy-duty gas turbines, the power plant also features three heat recovery steam generators and one steam gas turbine generator. The plant consists of six stacks, one for each gas turbine and HRSG. The natural gas for the project is supplied by NEPCO through a new gas pipeline connecting the project with Jordan’s main gas pipeline.

GE Power has a strong footprint in Jordan, having also signed a multi-year services agreement with Samra Electric Power Company (SEPCO) for full-plant maintenance services, including parts and repairs for critical power generation equipment for the 1,175 MW Samra Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Plant in the Zarqa region, which feeds power into the national grid for both residential and commercial use. The agreement covers seven GE gas turbines that are installed and operating at the Samra Station.

GE has supported the development of the energy sector across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey for more than 80 years. Today, GE-built technologies support the generation of up to two-thirds of the region’s electricity.


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About ACWA Power:

ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 30 billion, can generate 29+ GW of power and produce 4.8 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be mostly delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.

ACWA Power, registered and head-quartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is owned by eight Saudi conglomerates, Sanabil Direct Investment Company (owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group).

ACWA Power pursues a mission to reliably deliver electricity and desalinated water at a low cost, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the communities and countries it invests in and serves.

ACWA Power strives to achieve success by adhering to the values of Safety, People and Performance in operating its business.

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