Thermal Plant Energy Efficiency Improvements in Jordan

 

Location: Zarqa and Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan

Type:
  • Energy efficiency

Status: Completed in 2000

Project Leader: Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Key results

  • Improved efficiency of three generating units at two sites (Hussein and Aqapa Thermal Power Stations) by 1.5%, and up to 6% with optimal and continued used of installed performance monitoring systems
  • Produced five-year emissions reductions of 172,000 tonnes of CO2 and 4,100 tonnes of SO2
  • Excellent case study on achieving measurable emission reductions through the rehabilitation and increased efficiency of existing power plants
  • Assessed greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction potentials of a fuel switch at the Aqaba thermal power station (from oil to gas) and quantified the potential benefits from carbon revenue for CEGCO

Location: Zarqa and Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan

Type:
  • Energy efficiency

Status: Completed in 2000

Project Leader: Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

We provided technical assistance and financing to Jordan’s Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) from 1996 to 2000 to improve the energy efficiency of their thermal power plants.  The improvements on three generating units at the Hussein and Aqaba Thermal Power Stations limited greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reducing CO2 emissions by 172,000 tonnes and SO2 emissions by 4,100 tonnes over five years. This project was recognized as an Activity Implemented Jointly (AIJ) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1997.

We completed the project in two phases. In the first phase, we completed boiler combustion optimization, boiler/turbine heat rate and efficiency testing, a water chemistry workshop, and training to improve plant efficiency. This phase also included the establishment of an energy efficiency performance test team who could maintain the performance improvements achieved with this project, and to apply the knowledge and test equipment to other units. During this phase, we provided CEGCO with the equipment needed for the testing of the units.

In the second phase of the project, we made improvements to air pre-heaters, installed a performance monitoring system, upgraded the instrumentation, and installed emissions measurement equipment to improve combustion instrumentation.

The project is an excellent case study on achieving measurable emission reductions through the rehabilitation and increased efficiency of existing power plants. As part of the collaboration with CEGCO, we assessed GHG reduction potentials of a fuel switch at the Aqapa thermal power station from oil to gas and quantified the potential benefits from carbon revenue for CEGCO. The fuel switch was eventually performed by CEGCO, who received the 2008 Alternative Energy Award. The Aqaba thermal power station was registered by the UNFCCC as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project.

"We wish to express our appreciation and gratitude to the members of the GSEP, and special thanks to those who were most directly involved with the work. We also express our sincere thanks to all the experts, specialists and personnel of the group who took part in carrying out the various functions, tasks and duties mentioned in the project. We wish, furthermore, to confirm our satisfaction with the positive results achieved in improving the efficiency of the units’ operations, thus reducing emission of CO2 and other air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2). I am pleased to declare that we will do our best to maintain the improvements in performance achieved with this project and to apply the knowledge and test equipment to other units to maximize their relative efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions."

Ali Y. Ensour, Chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Company of Jordan in his panelist speech at the November 2000 e7 Open Forum at COP6 in The Hague, Netherlands

Participating members and partners

  • Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
  • Électricité de France (EDF)
  • Enel
  • Hydro-Québec
  • RWE
  • Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) of Jordan
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