by Mohammad Ghazal | Aug 13, 2014

AMMAN —The Attarat Power Company on Wednesday said it is awaiting the government’s response on when to sign agreements to go ahead with its $2.4 billion oil shale-fuelled power plant.

“The government approved the deal… but it seems the National Electric Power [Company] is still waiting for official approval [over] parts of the agreement from the… concerned authorities before they can invite us to sign the documents,” Andres Anijalg, chairman of the Attarat Power Company, said in an e-mail to The Jordan Times.

“We hope that the power company will get the approvals from the concerned authorities shortly, which would allow us to sign the power purchase agreement with the government,” he added.

Anijalg noted that the Attarat Power Company has not received an official notification from the energy minister about signing the agreement.

“We are committed to the project and so are our financers and subcontractors,” he said.

“As soon as the government of Jordan is ready to sign the agreement with Attarat Power Company, we can move forward with the necessary preparations to start the construction next year.”

Earlier this year, the Cabinet approved signing an agreement to build the plant by the company, which is owned by Enefit (Eesti Energia AS), YTL Power International Berhad and Near East Investments Limited.

The plant’s 470-megawatt capacity will account for some 15 per cent of Jordan’s current overall electricity capacity of 3,200 megawatts.

The plant, which is expected to be operational in February 2018, will be established on a build, own and operate basis.