Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Hydropower Country Notes
The Jordanian WEC Member Committee reports that pre-feasibility studies have indicated a technical hydro potential of 400-800 MW exploiting the difference in elevation of about 400 metres between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. Terms of Reference for this project were approved by the three parties concerned (Jordan, Palestine and Israel) during a conference held at the Dead Sea in May 2005.
Conventional hydropower resources in Jordan are limited, owing to the fact that surface water resources are almost negligible at present. There are two small HPPs: the King Talal Dam with a rated capacity of 5 MW and a scheme at Aqaba thermal power station which utilises the available head of returning cooling seawater, also with a capacity of 5 MW. There are no plans for the expansion of conventional hydro capacity.