Shobak Wind Farm consists of 13 Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) spanning 1,450 hectares and is located near the village of Al Shobak, 46km north-west of Ma’an city and in the Ma’an Governorate, approximately 160km south of Amman, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The project is being developed by Shobak Wind Energy PSC, a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Jordan for the sole purpose of developing, constructing and operating the project, which is majority owned by Alcazar Energy.
Shobak Wind Farm reached financial close in December 2017 and is currently under construction targeting Q4 2019 for completion. Project financing was provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and Europe Arab Bank with a total investment of over USD 103 million.
The project is Category A as per the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy (2014) and as such it was subject to a comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). The project is located within the IFC ‘Tafila Region Wind Power Projects Cumulative Effect Assessment (CEA)’ area and in proximity to other existing and planned wind facilities. The mitigation, monitoring and other management measures of the CEA have been considered and as an example, an Avifauna Monitoring and Shutdown on-demand Protocol will be implemented upon commencement of operation of the WTGs.
The project has accumulated over 56,000 man-hours and has employed more than 70 local workers to date during the construction phase. Once completed, it is expected to serve the average annual electricity needs of more than 30,000 households and save more than 92,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and 214,000m3 of water per year.