Jordan tops Arab renewable energy ranking

Renewable electricity
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AMMAN — In the recently released 2022 Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) report by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Jordan has secured the top spot in the percentage of installed capacities of renewable energy sources, excluding hydropower.اضافة اعلان

The contribution of renewable energy to the nation's overall electrical energy generation has surged to 27 percent in the past year.

Electrical energy in Jordan is now generated using 68 percent natural gas, marking a decrease from 73 percent in 2021. Renewable energy's share has increased to 27 percent, up from 26 percent in the previous year. Additionally, 5 percent of electrical energy is now derived from oil shale, Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Shift in Energy Sources
The average daily natural gas consumption for electricity generation has reached approximately 340 million cubic feet from the four available sources.

Jordan's total installed capacity for renewable energy projects now stands at 2,577 megawatts. This includes 1,498 megawatts from projects that supply electricity to utility companies, with 614 megawatts from wind energy and 884 megawatts from solar energy. An additional 1,079 megawatts are generated from renewable energy system projects owned by subscribers.

The report highlights the progress in the electricity generation project using the direct burning of oil shale. The project, led by the Attarat Power Company, has successfully operated its first unit with a capacity of 235 megawatts since October 25, 2022. The second unit is expected to become operational in the Q2 of this year, further enhancing Jordan's energy diversification.

Iraqi Oil Supply
In terms of crude oil supply, Jordan received approximately 2.45 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil in 2022, meeting approximately 7 percent of the Jordanian market's demand.

This significant supply was facilitated through a memorandum of understanding between the Iraqi Ministries of Energy and Mineral Resources and Oil, signed in 2021, and involved the transportation of oil via 9,543 tankers.

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