Masdar Appoints IFC to Oversee Funding of Jordan’s Largest Solar Power Project

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ABU DHABI — Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has selected International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to oversee the funding of the largest solar power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The solar power plant is a 200 MW photovoltaic facility being developed by the wholly owned Masdar subsidiary Baynouna Solar Energy Company (BSEC).

At Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week today, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi and Niall Hannigan, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Masdar, respectively, signed a finance mandate letter with Eric Becker, IFC Manager of Infrastructure for the Middle East & North Africa.

Today’s announcement follows the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) in October between Masdar and National Electric Power Company, Jordan’s state electricity provider.

Expected to break ground later this year, the 200MW plant will be built 10 kilometres outside the Jordan capital of Amman.

Once connected to the national grid, it will supply the annual power needs of around 110,000 homes and displace an estimated 360 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The project follows the inauguration of the 117 MW Tafila wind farm in Jordan in December 2015, the Middle East’s largest onshore wind power development. The combined output of Tafila and the Baynouna solar project will account for nearly 18 percent of the 1.8 GW of renewable energy Jordan plans to install by 2020.

Masdar’s Clean Energy division is a leading developer and operator of utility-scale, grid-tied projects; applications providing energy access to communities away from the electricity grid; and carbon abatement projects.

Since 2006, Masdar has invested in renewable energy projects with a combined value of USD8.5 billion; Masdar’s share of this investment is USD2.7 billion. Masdar’s renewable energy projects span the UAE, Jordan, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco, the UK, Serbia and Spain. The electricity generating capacity of these projects, which are either fully operational or under development, is 2.7 gigawatts (GW) gross.

(Petra)

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