First oil shale-powered electricity unit synchronized with national grid

The first unit of an oil shale-fueled electricity plant has been synchronized with the national grid both manually and automatically following successful dry-runs, according to Attarat Power, the company operating the project.

The plant is located in the Attarat Um Ghudran area, 50 kilometers east of Al-Qatranah, some 80 kilometers south of Amman. In a statement released Wednesday, the company said 25 percent of the unit’s 75MW capacity was synchronized with the national grid, adding that trials will continue over the next few days until arriving the full capacity of the unit.

The Attarat power project is the largest foreign investment in the Kingdom at an estimated cost of $ 2.1 billion, providing more than a thousand long-term job opportunities for Jordanians. It is the first project to benefit from local oil shale resources, and reduce Jordan’s dependence on imported gas. The project is expected to be commercially operational by the last third of this year.

Source: Jordan News Agency