Ramboll Energy was the Owner’s Engineer in connection with the development and construction of one of the first large-scale solar PV projects in Jordan located in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, south of the capital of Amman.
The project is part of the Government of Jordan’s Renewable Energy Programme, which aims to increase the renewable energy contribution to 10 percent of the country’s generation mix by 2020. International Finance Corporation (IFC) is acting as a mandated lender for seven projects within this programme. All output generated by the project is sold to the National Energy Power Company in Jordan (NEPCO) under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Solar energy for Jordan - one of the sunniest regions in the world
The solar PV site is located near Aqaba, one of the sunniest regions in the world. It is characterised by high temperatures during the summer and cool winters without snow but clouds. The efficiency of the solar PV panels is reduced by high temperatures, which has an impact on the production. Thanks to good winds on this site, necessary ventilation and cooling of the solar panels are secured throughout the entire year.
Clean energy - Nearly 11 thousand tonnes of CO2 avoided annually
The plant is located near the city of Aqaba and had 180,000 sqm of ground available for building the photovoltaic plant. With land and technology available, Ramboll’s solar team participated in designing the plant to have a nominal capacity of 10 MWp. Through the provision of clean energy this project is set to reduce the CO2 emissions by approximately 10,745 tonnes per annum.
Versatility of Ramboll’s solar team
Ramboll’s solar team was a technical advisor throughout the whole project lifecycle – feasibility (site suitability assessment, energy yield assessment), development, construction, and commissioning of the project. The services included support in PPA negotiations, supervision of construction and commissioning. Ramboll carried out inspections and issued takeover certificates. Ramboll’s solar team also provided quality assurance, technical liaison with NEPCO, lenders and EPC, supported in financial management, carried out final acceptance procedures and O&M concept support.
When the solar PV plant was up and running, Ramboll reviewed the O&M performance of the plant for entire year.