Attarat Power Plant

Attarat Power Plant is an oil shale-fueled power plant under construction in the Attarat Um Ghudran area, 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Al Qatranah in Jordan. The project is developed by the Attarat Power Company (APCO), a partnership between YTL Power International (45%), Guangdong Yudean Group (45%) and Eesti Energia (10%).[1] It is the first oil shale power plant in Jordan and the largest private sector project in Jordan to date.[2]

Attarat Power Plant
LocationAttarat Um Ghudran
StatusUnder construction
Construction began16 March 2017
Commission date2020 (expected)
Owner(s)YTL Power International (45%)
Guangdong Yudean Group (45%)
Eesti Energia (10%)
Operator(s)Attarat Power Company
Thermal power station
Primary fuelOil shale
Power generation
Make and modelSiemens
Units planned2 x 235 MW (neto)
Nameplate capacity470 MW


The project was originally developed by an Estonian power company Eesti Energia (Enefit). The concession agreement between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and National Electricity Power Company of Jordan, and Eesti Energia was signed on 30 April 2008.[3][4] In 2010, YTL Power International bought a 30% stake in the project.[1]

A 30-year power purchase agreement was signed with Jordan in October 2014.[5] The construction agreement was signed on 12 January 2016.[6] The financial closure agreement was signed on 16 March 2017.[7] At the same time, YTL Power International increased its stake in the project up to 45% and Guangdong Yudean Group became a new shareholder also with 45% stake.[1]

Technical descriptionEdit

The power plant will have 554 MW gross and 477 MW net capacity.[7] It will consist of two circulating-fluidized-bed units.[8]

The power plant would consume 10 million tons of oil shale per year which will be provided from the nearby open-pit mine and it is also the biggest mine in Jordan.[8] Over its 40-year lifetime it would need an oil-shale mining area of approximately 11 square kilometres (4.2 sq mi).[9]

The plant is expected to start operation in the mid of 2020.[7] When constructed, it will be among the largest power plants in Jordan (the largest being Aqaba Thermal Power Station), and the largest oil shale-fired power plant in the world after Narva Power Plants in Estonia.[10][11][12]


The project will cost US$2.1 billion.[7] Shareholders will invest $528 million and the rest will be financed by $1.6 billion loan provided by the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and guaranteed by China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation.[1] This is the largest private project financing supported by China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation to date.[2]


The pland is designed by WorleyParson. The engineering, procurement and construction contract was awarded to Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation, a subsidiary of China Energy Engineering Group. The power plant would be designed by WorleyParsons. It would use boilers provided by Foster Wheeler and the turbine and generator by Siemens.[13] Construction is expected to start in mid-2017.[7]

See alsoEdit


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  11. ^ Fuel Switching Project of the Aqaba Thermal Power Station (ATPS) (PDF) (Report). UNFCCC. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
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  13. ^ "Preliminary Agreement Reached With Chinese Builder for Oil Shale Power Station in Jordan". ERR. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2014-01-19.