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Jordan shortlists 15 bidders for US$150mn solar plant

Fifteen pre-qualified bidders have been shortlisted for the construction of a US$150mn solar power plant in Jordan

The bidders include First Solar Electric, Spain?s Elecnor, SunEdison Italia Construction, China Gezhouba Group International Engineering, Dongfang Electric International Corporation, Isolux Ingenieria and Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation of China Energy Engineering Group and Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology.

In addition, the project will be backed by a US$5bn fund from the GCC grant, added local reports.

The 75MW plant will be installed in Qweira, in Jordan?s Aqaba governorate. The Middle Eastern nation is planning on installing 1,800MW worth of renewable energy projects and connecting them to the national grid by 2018.

Jordan currently imports 97 per cent of its energy needs annually and aims to increase its contribution of renewable energy to the overall energy mix to 10 per cent by 2020.