Jordan’s government has reportedly agreed on proposals for a $40 million battery facility to push forward the country’s energy storage ambitions.
The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with 23 international firms and consortia to build a battery storage facility with a capacity of “at least” 30MW, according to The Jordan Times.
The paper quoted energy minister Saleh Kharabsheh (pictured) as saying the “first of its kind in the region” facility would be built in Maan, 220km south of the capital Amman.
No battery technology for the project was specified.
“The project, which will be financed by the private sector, is very important to Jordan and it will maintain stability in the electric supply system,” Kharabsheh told the paper. “This project will help Jordan absorb more energy generated by renewable energy projects including solar and wind.”
Kharabsheh told the paper electricity generated by solar and wind power plants in Jordan as of the end of 2017 was around 500MW— a level he wants to increase to 2,700MW by 2021.
BBB reported last year that an agreement had been signed to install a 12MWh lithium-ion battery system at Al Badiya Power Generation’s solar power plant in Al-Mafraq, Jordan, as part of an expansion of the facility.