EBRD supports sustainable energy in Jordan

By Nibal Zgheib

EBRD supports sustainable energy in Jordan

  • EBRD supports Jordan’s National Electric Power Company with a  US$ 265 million long-term loan
  • The project will help  improve integration of renewables into the national power network and advance corporate reforms
  • Investments and grant funded technical assistance to develop renewable energy in Jordan

After the successful deployment of the first rounds of renewable energy in Jordan, the EBRD is supporting the country in its next important step to boost the role of renewables in the energy mix.

The EBRD will provide a US$ 265 million loan to Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).  The loan will strengthen NEPCO’s balance sheet through refinancing of existing short-term debt and will fund vitally needed investments to enhance the capability of the grid to absorb and manage renewable power.

Alongside the loan the Jordanian government, NEPCO and the Bank have agreed on an ambitious programme of reforms that will strengthen NEPCO’s governance and operations. This will be supported by grant-funded technical cooperation assignments.

Construction of new substations, automated grid management systems and transmission infrastructure will improve the integration of green energy into the national electricity network. As a result, solar energy generated in the north and south of the country will be able to feed into the grid and be directed towards areas with high demand, such as the capital Amman.

NEPCO has been at the heart of Jordan’s remarkable renewable revolution, which leads the way in using private capital and skills to unlock the country’s great wind and solar resources. 

Since the start of its operations in Jordan in 2012, the EBRD has provided over €1 billion in 40 projects, including more than US$ 466 million of loans to 12 projects within the country’s power and energy sector. The EBRD has also invested more than €12 billion in 306 projects in this sector in the economies where it invests.