AMMAN –– Attarat Power Company (APCO), a subsidiary of Enefit, a global oil shale energy company, has announced  that numerous mining companies have submitted their expression of interest to provide mining services for the Kingdom’s first oil shale fired power plant that will be located in Attarat Um Ghudran. 

Enefit said in a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times that various potential mining companies were qualified for the final bidding stage, with the deadline for receiving proposals scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2013, the statement said. 

According to the company, a mining area of approximately 11 square kilometres was selected for the power project, which is estimated to have sufficient oil shale resources to supply the power plant for more than 40 years. 

The power plant is being established by Enefit and its partners YTL Power International Berhad of Malaysia and Near East Investments of Jordan. 

It will have a capacity of approximately 460megawatt and is expected to reduce the Kingdom’s costs on energy imports by more than JD350 million per year, according to the statement. 

The plant is expected to start generating electricity for local consumption by the end of 2016. 

The power plant construction normally takes at least three years, including receiving bids, evaluation period, award and some time to reach financial close.