ABB has secured a contract with Martifer Solar to supply 50MW solar capacity in Jordan. The deal covers four solar plants, located near the cities of Ma'an and Mafraq. Jordan imports 96% of all its energy at an annual cost of $3.6 billion or 13.5% of the country's GDP. The Master Strategy of the Energy Sector in Jordan has set a target of 1,800MW, or 10 percent of the country's energy supply to come from renewable sources in 2020. This strategy calls for 600MW of this new capacity to be provided by solar power.
ABB has helped co-design the plants using the company's equipment as required by the grid operator (NEPCO) with complete solution. The project is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2016.
Under the agreement, ABB will be responsible for the manufacture, supply, and commissioning of 45 central inverters (ULTRA), 24 36kV compartments on skid (MVCS), Plant Power Controller (PPC), and 36kV delivery stations. In addition, ABB signed a service agreement to train Martifier Solar's operations and maintenance (O&M) technicians on specialized O&M of its inverters.
"ABB is proud to play an important role in helping Jordan reach its ambitious renewable energy targets set for 2020," said Ahmad Alhussein, Local Manager, Discrete Automation and Motion. "These innovative and technologically advanced solar projects are a big first step toward boosting Jordan's energy security and reducing its reliance on imported oil and gas."
Marco Alves, Operations & Maintenance Business Director, Martifer Solar said: "This service agreement established with ABB, including the training of our O&M technicians in operating and maintaining the ABB inverters, is an important milestone for the company and an important step towards proficiency, in line with our global strategy of providing highly reliable O&M services worldwide."