Jordan Energy Conference 2016

2nd annual Jordan Energy Conference / مؤتمر الطاقة الأردني will take place on 23-24 March 2016 at the Geneva Hotel in Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Over two days the conference offers direct contact with and promotion to top decision-makers in the country as well as first-had insight into the current situation within the energy sector in Jordan, future plans of the Ministry of Energy and thorough explanation of legal issues pertaining to the development of energy plants in Jordan.

Conference main topics:

  • Development of energy projects in Jordan
  • Jordanian governments support for energy industry
  • Large scale solar build – options and challenges for Jordan
  • Renewable energy in Jordan
  • Nuclear energy in Jordan
  • Water desalination for Jordan
  • Energy storage for renewable energy industry
  • Oil and gas industry in Jordan
  • Project finance, insurance and risk management for energy industry
  • Off-grid solar – opening vast market potential in Jordan

Who will attend:

  • Jordanian Government representatives
  • Trade Missions and Embassies’ Representatives
  • Energy market regulator
  • Energy utilities and energy transmission companies
  • EPCs and evelopers
  • PV, solar-thermal, CSP systems producers
  • Wind energy technology experts
  • Investors, project finance and insurance providers
  • Mining companies
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Telecommunication companies
  • Housing administrators

Why attend:

  • fully packed programme of high profile speakers
  • Excellent networking with the who’s who of the Jordanian energy industry
  • Technology update in the exhibition area
  • Extensive finance advice on developing commercially profitable energy projects with case studies
  • Learn about Jordanian energy development and profitability
  • Hear from and meet in person over 100 top energy experts

Jordanian energy market overview:

Jordan is among the highest in the world in dependency on foreign energy sources, 96% of the country’s energy needs come from imported oil and natural gas from neighboring Arab countries. This complete reliance on foreign oil imports consumes a significant amount of Jordan’s GDP. This led the country to plan investments of $15 billion in renewable and nuclear energy. To further address these problems, the National Energy Strategy for 2007-2020 was created which projects within the next decade to boost reliance on domestic energy sources from 4 per cent to 40 per cent by the end of the decade.

Solar. Jordan lies within the solar belt of the world with average solar radiation ranging between 5 and 7 KWh/m2. Decentralized photovoltaic units in rural and remote villages are currently used for lighting, water pumping and other social services (1000KW of peak capacity). In addition, about 15% of all households are equipped with solar water heating systems. In May 2012, a 280 kilo watt solar electricity system was inaugurated to be used at El Hassan Science City.

As per the Energy Master Plan, 30 percent of all households are expected to be equipped with solar water heating system by the year 2020. According to the national strategy the planned installed capacity will amount to 300MW – 600MW (CSP, PV and hybrid power plants) by 2020.

Kawar Energy in partnership with Ma’an Development Area (MDA) has announced the launch of its $400 million Shams Ma’an Project, a 100MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant project to come up at the MDA industrial park in Jordan. The project on completion will be the largest PV plant in the world, and will position Jordan on the global renewable energy map. It aims to utilize approximately 360,000 to 2 million PV/CPV panels and produce around 168 GWh per year.

Wind. Jordan currently operates two wind power plants at Ibrahimyah and Hofa. The Ibrahimyah plant, located approximately 80 km north of Amman, consists of 4 wind turbines with capacity 0.08 MW for each. The Hofa plant, located approximately 92 km north of Amman, consists of 5 wind turbines with capacity 0.225 MW for each.

Plans are in place for an 80–90 MW wind plant in Fujeij, near Wadi Musa, and wind turbine stations at Al Harir, Maan and Wadi Araba to produce 300–400 MW of electricity. Fujeij, the Kingdom’s first large-scale renewable energy project, is expected to be operational by 2014.

Proposals for the 30–40 MW plant at Kamshah, near Jerash, have been delayed several times over the price of electricity tariffs quoted by the winning bidder. With the advancements in wind power technology, the ministry has previously expressed its intention to meet its goal of 600 MW of wind energy by 2015, five years ahead of schedule.

Natural gas is increasingly being used to fulfill the country’s domestic energy needs, especially with regard to electricity generation. The primary source is located in the eastern portion of the country at the Risha gas field. The country imports the bulk of its natural gas via the recently completed Arab Gas Pipeline that stretches from the Al Arish terminal in Egypt underwater to Al Aqabah and then to northern Jordan, where it links to two major power stations. This Egypt–Jordan pipeline supplies Jordan with approximately 1 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. The ministry is also moving forward with plans to construct a liquid gas terminal in the Port of Aqaba by 2013.

Jordan has developed one gas field, at Risha in the eastern desert near the border with Iraq. The current output of around 30 million cubic feet per day (Mmcf/d) from the Risha field is used to fuel one nearby power plant, which generates about 10% of Jordan’s electricity.

Nuclear. Plans are in place to construct two 1,000MW reactors, nearly doubling the Kingdom’s electricity generation capacity, by 2022. Jordan plans to get 60% of its energy needs from nuclear energy by 2035. The plants will be used for electricity generation and desalination.

The government first chose a site 25 kilometers south of the Red Sea port of Aqaba but shifted the tentative location to the Mafraq area, 40 kilometers northeast of Amman, citing the proximity to the Khirbet Al Samra power plant for using its wastewater to cool the reactor. The decision to relocate the site was taken by the Belgian contractor, Tractabel.

In 2009, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) in cooperation with a consortium headed by the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute signed an agreement with Daewoo Heavy Industries to build a its first 5 MW research reactor by 2015 at the Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Oil shale represents a significant potential resource in Jordan. Oil shale deposits underlie more than 60% of Jordanian territory, and are estimated at 40 to 70 billion tonnes of oil shale. The most important and investigated deposits are located in west-central Jordan.

As of 2011, no oil shale industry exists in Jordan, but several companies are considering both shale oil extraction and oil shale combustion for thermal power generation. A series of projects is set to make available 37,000 tonnes of shale oil in the central region of Attarat by 2015, 15,000 tonnes in Karak by 2017, and develop thousands of tonnes in potential shale reserves along the Jordanian-Iraqi border.