Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has cancelled a procurement round for four 100MW renewable energy projects.
The process was open to wind and solar developments but a statement on the ministry’s website has confirmed that the process has now been cancelled.
Energy minister Mohammad Hamed was quoted in the Jordan Times blaming grid costs for the cancellation.
According to the paper, Hamed said a request to the Gulf Cooperation Council (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain) for a grid improvement grant had been rejected.
With the country’s grid already stressed, the new projects cannot be added without the upgrades.
The minister also confirmed that existing contract awards for renewable energy projects, including a number of PV developments, will not be affected with the grid ready to accept the new additions.
Jordan issued PPAs for 200MW of solar power in February 2014, and work is expected to be shortly on the country's largest PV power plant, the 52MW Shams Ma'an facility, which will be built by US firm First Solar.