Lafarge Jordan

Lighting Up the Future with Solar: Lafarge Cement Jordan Started the First Solar Project in Jordan

Lafarge Cement Jordan, a member of LafargeHolcim Group has started to install a Solar Photo Voltaic(SPV) plant with a capacity of  located opposite to its cement Plant in Rashadeya in Tafila Governorate , on an area of 320,000 m2 (32 hectares.  This project is an important milestone for the Jordanian industry sector in general and the cement industry in particular.

With this project, Lafarge Cement Jordan capitalizes on its role as a leading cement company in Jordan to  drive a positive change in cement industry by using alternative and renewable energy resources and contributing to a clean environment in Jordan. Not only does the project improve the Carbon footprint of the cement industry, it is also a step closer towards sustainable and clean energy.

The SPV plant in Rashadeya will be implemented on Build Ownership and Operate (BOO) basis with Adenium.  It is also The first net metering project with a capacity of 15 MW.

Lafarge Cement Jordan is one of the largest and oldest industrial companies in Jordan, founded in 1951 as a public shareholding company. In 1998, LafargeHolcim Group entered the Jordanian market by acquiring shares in Jordan Cement Factories Company. The Group currently owns (50.3%). Lafarge Cement Jordan has two Cement plants; one located in Fuhais and the other in Rashadeya in Tafila Governorate. Current production capacity is 4 M Tons of Cement

Since the Establishment of Rashadeya cement plant, it has been powered through electrical supply from NEPCO, which is costly and relies mainly on Fossil Fuels.  Hence Lafarge Cement Jordan ventured into exploring renewable sources for its power supplies.  Research has proved that Solar energy is one of the most efficient energy sources in the southern part of Jordan given the fact that Jordan lies within the solar belt of the world with average solar radiation ranging between 5 and 7 kilowatt-hour  per square meter. It is worth mentioning that, Lafarge Cement Jordan is also contemplating the wind opportunity.

Fossil fuels are the main energy source for Jordan, yet unfortunately not being locally available they are imported from neighboring countries. The current political climate is uncertain and the economic situation is slowing down.  During such time, creative initiatives need to be developed.