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Jordan — Thermal Plant Efficiency Measures Project

Key Objectives:

To provide technical assistance and financing to Jordan’s Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) to improve thermal power plant efficiency and to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Location:
Jordan
Status:
Completed in 2000

The Jordan Thermal Plant Efficiency Measures Project was an activity implemented jointly (AIJ) which provided technical assistance and financing to Jordan’s Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) to improve thermal power plant efficiency and to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Following the National Environment Strategy adopted by Jordan, the project was initiated in February 1996. In 1997, an agreement was signed recognising the project as an AIJ under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the project was later completed in December 2000.

To improve the heat rate and efficiency of its generating units, the project was carried out at three units on two sites operated by CEGCO: the Aqaba Thermal Power Station (TPS) in southern Jordan and the Hussein Thermal Power Station in Zarqa, near Amman.

The project included two phases. The first phase consisted of boiler combustion optimisation, boiler/turbine heat rate and efficiency testing, a water chemistry workshop, and training to improve plant efficiency. This phase also included the establishment of an energy efficiency performance test team to help maintain the improvements in performance achieved with this project, and to apply the knowledge and test equipment to other units. During this phase, the Partnership provided CEGCO with the equipment needed for the testing of the units.

The second phase of the project consisted of improvements to air pre-heaters, the installation of a performance monitoring system and upgrades to instrumentation, as well as the installation of emissions measurement equipment to improve combustion instrumentation.

The total emissions savings resulting from the project, estimated over a three-year period, will be roughly 142,000 tonnes of CO2 and 3500 tonnes of SO2.

After the project’s completion in 2000, in a speech at the Partnership’s Open Forum at COP6 in The Hague, Mr. Ali Y. Ensour, Chairman of CEGCO, declared CEGCO’s satisfaction with the improvement of energy conversion efficiencies at the two Jordanian power plants, and pledged that CEGCO would do its best to maintain these improvements and apply the new knowledge to other units. Click here to view the Summary Report for this project.

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