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Amec Foster Wheeler to supply CFB boilers for oil shale fired power plant in Jordan

EBR Staff Writer Published 18 April 2017

Amec Foster Wheeler has won a contract to design and supply contract for two circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generator boilers for oil shale fired power plant in Jordan.

The contract for two CFB boilers, each with 235 MWe (net) capacity, has been awarded by China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Power Engineering (GPEC).

As part of the contract, Amec Foster’s contract will also provide technical advisory services to GPEC.

The CFB boilers will be installed at Attarat Um Ghudran, located nearly 100km southeast of Jordan capital, Amman. They will be designed to burn 100% of Jordanian oil shale.

Amec Foster Wheeler was previously awarded an EPC contract in 2014 for the $2.1bn 554MW oil shale fired power plant in the country.

Amec Foster Wheeler Energia Group, Global Power Group president Tomas Harju-Jeanty said: “As leading energy markets around the world aim to introduce energy-efficient and eco-friendly solutions with challenging fuels, this project is further testament to Amec Foster Wheeler's leadership and track record in CFBs, which is central to this effort.”

Once installed and operational, the CFB boilers are expected to enable Jordan to utilize its substantial oil shale reserves which have been estimated at around 30 billion tonnes.

Not only will the project reduce Jordan’s dependence on imported oil and gas but will also help in meeting 10-15% of its annual power demand.

GPEC vice-president Bai said: “This project is the first utilising Jordan’s abundant oil shale reserves. The successful cooperation between China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Power Engineeringand Amec Foster Wheeler is a giant achievement in oil shale-fired power plants.

“We believe that future growth of our market will generate more opportunities to achieve win-win situations.”

Currently, Amec's CFB technology is being used at four European facilities to burn oil shale.

Earlier in the month, the company had won a contract from Lahti Energia to design and supply a CFB for a new bio-fuelled heating plant in Finland, dubbed as the Kymijärvi III project.