Located 10 km east of Mafraq and first opened on 2012, the Al Zaatari refugee camp belongs today to the largest cities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Initially designed to host a maximum of 60,000 refugees, it counts actually more than 100,000 inhabitants.
Due to the ongoing military conflict in Syria, the influx of refugees to Northern Jordan is continuing each day. In the face of this dramatic situation, a sustainable energy supply of the refugee camp has top priority.
By way of a project financed by the KfW Entwicklungsbank, intec will help ensure to increase resilience of the regional distribution network in this region and, generally, will contribute to the goal of the Jordanian national strategy to further expand power generation from renewable energy, to protect the environment by producing pollution-free electrical energy and to avoid the generation of CO2 at reasonable economic costs.
The project started last month plans the construction of a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant with an installed capacity of approximately 13 MW in the close vicinity of the Zaatari Refugee Camp.
intec will escort and manage the contractual agreement between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) in Jordan and the EPC contractor, the purchase and construction, the acceptance and the start of operation. Furthermore, the first three years of operation are to be monitored by intec. The consultancy services shall also support capacity development in Jordan, mainly on the MEMR side but as well on National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and the future operator of the PV plant.
Expertise within this project is needed not only on the technical level. A strong emphasis on team management, teaching and training capabilities, strong communication skills and, not last, sensitivity in dealing with people in need are indispensable prerequisites for such a project.