Jordan’s Quweira solar plant comes online
The Quweira Solar Power Plant came online in the southern region of the Kingdom of Jordan on 26 April.
The 105MW photovoltaic (PV) farm was financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), which invested AED550mn (US$150mn).
The plant was inaugurated by His Excellency Hani Fawzi Al-Mulki, Prime Minister of Jordan, with His Excellency Saleh Kharabsheh, Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Adel Al Hosani, ADFD’s Director of the Operations Department, Mubarak Al Ketbi, Consul General at the UAE Embassy in Jordan all attending.
“ADFD’s involvement in the Quweira Solar Power Plant project is in line with its active assistance to the Kingdom of Jordan with which the UAE enjoys time-tested bilateral ties,” stated His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD.
“Through financing several major development projects in Jordan, the Fund has ensured a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Jordanians and helped Jordan’s government to fulfil its socio-economic plans and development goals.”
The solar farm features 328,320 panels which are anticipated to generate 227GWh of power per year, powering 50,000 Jordanian homes.
“In line with its focus on inclusive social and economic development across developing countries, ADFD has prioritised renewable energy as a catalyst for growth, enabling the provision of clean, reliable and affordable power that boosts incomes and enhances energy security,” Al Suwaidi added.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.