Jordan’s first oil shale-fired power plant receives six international bids

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The companies include a consortiums consisting of Alstom and Daewoo E&C, Hyundai E&C and LG International, and Posco and Daewoo International. Individual bids were made by Samsung Engineering and two Chinese firms — China Machinery Engineering Corporation and Guangdong Power.

Andres Anijalg, project director for APCO, said, “We will proceed with evaluating the bids received and then select the contractor that will enable us to maximise the kingdom’s benefit from this project.”

The construction of the plant is likely to commence by 2014, according to the company statement.

The advances in oil shale technology over the last decade have led to an increasing number of countries around the world turning to oil shale as a means to meet their domestic energy requirements and reduce their reliance on costly imported fuels, Jordan Times reported.

According to geological surveys, Jordan possesses one of the largest oil shale reserves in the world with total deposits estimated at 40bn tonnes to 70bn tonnes.

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