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Ausra tapped for solar project in Jordan

Ausra’s participation in a Jordanian concentrated solar
thermal power plant aims to expand the company’s global market reach.

After a competitive tender offer, Ausra Inc. has been selected as the solar steam boiler technology supplier for the proposed 100-megawatt Joan1 concentrated solar thermal power project currently under development in Ma'an, Jordan.

The development of the Joan1 plant will also include a back-up fossil-fuel boiler to guarantee 24-hour dispatchable electric power.

Germany-based MENA Cleantech AG, which is constructing the plant, said Jordan was a prime location for such a project.

"Jordan's modern investment laws and progressive regulatory climate coupled with its unparalleled solar resource make Ma'an one of the best locations in the world to build a concentrating solar power plant," explained Samer Zureikat, managing director of MENA.

Joan1 will rely on Ausra's compact linear Fresnel reflector technology to power the plant's solar steam cycle and generate up to 100 megawatts of electricity. The technology is designed for existing fossil-fired plants, new standalone solar and solar/fossil hybrid plants, and a diverse range of industrial customers.

The technology also features a high energy density, which translates into lower costs, a smaller environmental footprint and greater access to existing power plant and industrial sites.

In addition to the reflector, Joan1 will use dry cooling to conserve water. Ausra plans to install an advanced manufacturing facility in Jordan in order to supply the plant with its solar steam boilers.

The project is scheduled for financial close in the fourth quarter of 2010, while construction will begin in early 2011 and operations start in 2013.

California-based Ausra is a leader in concentrated solar thermal energy design, development and manufacturing.

MENA Cleantech is a project development company focused on renewable energy and clean water projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

-    Joseph Dayrit



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