23 Dec 2012
Mining Tender Bids for Jordan First Oil Shale Fired Power Plant Expected in February 2013
Attarat Power Company (APCO), a subsidiary of Enefit, the world’s largest oil shale energy company, has announced that numerous mining companies have submitted their Expression of Interest to provide mining services for the Kingdom’s first oil shale fired power plant that will be located in Attarat um Ghudran.
APCO has sent out invitations for expressions of interest to specialized Jordanian and International mining and earthmoving contractors at the end of July 2012. Various potential mining companies were qualified for the final bidding stage, with the deadline for receiving binding proposals scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2013.
As a result of geological exploration campaigns conducted in Attarat um Ghudran between 2010 -2012, a mining area of approximately 11 km² was selected for the power project. The area is estimated to have sufficient oil shale resources to supply the power plant for more than 40 years.
Annual mining volumes in the Attarat Open Cast Mine will exceed 21 million cubic meters of overburden material and oil shale. Truck and shovel techniques are foreseen to be utilized for overburden removal and oil shale mining. Mined oil shale will be transported to the power plant fuel yard, where it will go through a homogenisation phase prior to being fed into the power plant for electricity generation.
The power plant is being established by Enefit and its partners YTL Power International Berhad of Malaysia and Near East Investments of Jordan. It will have a capacity of approximately 460MW and is expected to reduce the Kingdom’s costs on energy imports by more than JD 350 million per year. The plant is expected to start generating electricity for local consumption by the end of 2016. The power plant construction normally takes at least three years, including receiving bids, evaluation period, award and some time to reach financial close.
His Excellency Bassam Kakish, President of Enefit Projects in Jordan, stated “With the current challenges we are facing with regards energy, this power plant is of vital importance to Jordan. Oil shale in Jordan is a resource whose time has come and we expect that within the next few months we will be ready to proceed with the next stage of making this project a reality.”
According to geological surveys, Jordan possesses one of the largest oil shale reserves in the world with some estimates stating that approximately 60% of Jordan’s territory contains oil shale deposits, with total reserves ranging between 40 billion to 70 billion tonnes.
Enefit’s home country Estonia has produced electricity out of oil shale for more than four decades and approximately 90% of the country’s electricity supplies are generated using oil shale.