Scatec Solar's 10MW Oryx solar plant in Jordan has now reached commercial operation (COD).
The 10.4MW photovoltaic plant is connected to an existing sub-station controlled by the state utility, NEPCO, with whom Scatec Solar has signed a 20 year Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) for selling the solar electricity generated by the plant.
"Oryx is a symbol of Scatec Solar working together with Jordanian partners to achieve results on the ground. With the commissioning of Oryx, we expand our international footprint into the Middle East and in the coming months, we will deepen our presence in the region," says Raymond Carlsen, Scatec Solar's CEO. Oryx is the first of three solar projects totalling 43MW that Scatec Solar is building in Jordan.
Developed by Scatec Solar, owning 90% of the plant together with its local partner Quest Energy Investments, Oryx will produce 25,000MWh of electricity per year, serving the needs of about 5,000 households. The plant is located near Ma'an city, 230km south of the Jordanian capital, Amman.
Located in an arid area with scant vegetation, Oryx is built on 36 hectares, roughly the size of 67 football fields. About 100 local skilled and semi-skilled workers were employed during its construction. The clean energy produced by Oryx will avoid 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.