Jordan's renewable energy programme has taken a step forward with Amman's selection of preferred bidders for three advisory contracts.
They cover advising the government on establishing a regulatory framework for renewable energy and on integrating wind farms with the power grid, as well as estimating project costs.
Nexant, a US firm, is the preferred bidder to advise on regulatory and institutional frameworks. Germany's Fichtner and a consortium of CMS Cameron McKenna and Ernst & Young of the UK and the local Ibrahim Bakr Law Office were also short-listed.
Italy's CESI is in pole position to advise on wind-power integration. The Dutch firm Kema International has also been pre-qualified to bid.
A partnership of International Technical Assistance Consultants with Engineering, Studies and Projects NIP, both based in Spain, is the preferred bidder to estimate costs for developing different forms of renewable energy. Kema has been invited to submit a competing bid.
Jordan's energy and natural resources ministry has forwarded its recommendations to the World Bank, which is assisting with the consultancy tender.