Zwati inaugurates 6th General Conference of Arab Union of Electricity

Dead Sea, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zwati, inaugurated on Wednesday the activities of the 6th General Conference of Arab Union of Electricity, organized by the Arab Union for Electricity (AUE) to discuss the latest developments in the electricity sector and the challenges facing it.

During the ingural speech, Zwati said Jordan has a high position in the use of renewable energy, especially in light of the scarcity of resources, which imposed a huge challenge on the Kingdom, adding the Kingdom’s import of energy was about 18 percent of GDP in 2014.

These challenges have spurred Jordan to resort to alternative energy. Today, just five years after the launch of renewable energy projects, Jordan will generate about 10 percent of the total electricity generation capacity from renewable energy at the end of 2018 and is estimated to rise to about 20 percent in 2020, the minister pointed out.

Zwati said this “remarkable” performance comes after the adoption of the Renewable Energy Law in 2012, which confirms Jordan’s seriousness, and its efforts to implement renewable projects, and provide an attractive investment and legislative environment to achieve energy goals in any country.

Zwati noted Jordan has finally succeeded in obtaining unprecedented prices for selling electricity from solar projects (17 fils per kilowatt-hour), equivalent to 2.45 US cents.

On future projects, she pointed to another technology currently being exploited to generate electricity, which is the direct burning of oil shale to generate electricity, where Jordan is currently establishing one of the largest stations (and the only one in the Arab world to generate electricity from the direct burning of shale oil) and can be 480 MW and will be operational in 2020.

She noted Jordan is seeking to implement a one-of-a- kind regional project, based on the launch of electrical storage to maintain stability of the electrical grid and to cope with fluctuations in electricity generation resulting from renewable energy projects, and is expected to start operations next year.

The Amman-based Arab Union of Electricity was established in 1987 with the purpose of strengthening ties between members to improve Arab power manufacturing and developing the electricity sector in the Arab world.

Source: Jordan News Agency