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USTDA AWARDS WIND POWER STUDY GRANT TO DELENOVA ENERGY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 9, 2003

For more information contact: Dr. Nedal Deeb (703) 934-6135

AMMAN, JORDAN -- The United States Government and the Government of Jordan today signed a $179,124 grant agreement, under which the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will partially fund a feasibility study to expand wind power production in northern Jordan. Delenova Energy, LLC, the prime contractor for the wind power expansion study and the intended developer of the expanded project, will contribute additional resources toward the completion of the study.

The Honorable Edward W. Gnehm, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, signed the agreement on behalf of the U.S. Government. His Excellency Dr. Bassem I. Awadallah, Minister of Planning, signed on behalf of the Jordanian Government. His Excellency Mohammad Batayneh, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and Mr. Rashid Alteneh, General Manager of the Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCo), a publicly owned Jordanian company that owns and operates the existing wind power plants in Jordan, witnessed the signing. Also attending the ceremony were U.S. Commercial Counselor, Ms. Laurie Farris and Dr. Nedal Deeb, a Senior Partner of Delenova Energy.

With limited domestic fuel resources, the Jordanian government strongly encourages renewable power generation and has committed to produce five percent of its electric power from renewable sources by 2010. In support of the country's renewable energy initiative, MEMR and CEGCo have endorsed a proposal by Delenova Energy to assess the feasibility of Delenova Energy expanding the existing 1.4 megawatt wind facilities with equipment from GE Wind Energy. Based on reported data from the existing wind farms, the existing plants could likely be increased to 30 megawatts using General Electric 1.5 megawatt wind turbines.

The United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA) is an independent U.S. government agency founded in 1980. It provides technical assistance, specialized studies, and training in developing and middle-income countries. In addition, the agency promotes capacity building initiatives and supports U.S. government trade, economic policy and development.

Delenova Energy, a private U.S. development firm with offices in Virginia and Massachusetts, provides clean, cost effective power supply solutions around the world. Delenova Energy's interests include developments in advanced combined cycle natural gas power plants, utility-scale wind energy projects, and biogas fueled distributed energy projects.

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Pictures from the signing ceremonies


From right to left sitting on table, HE Minister Mohammad Batayneh (Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources), HE Minister Bassem Awadallah (Minister of Planning), HE Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, Jr. (US Ambassador to Jordan), Mrs. Lauri A. Farris (Commercial Counselor of the US Embassy in Amman), and Dr. Nedal Deeb (Senior Partner of Delenova Energy)

HE Minister Bassem Awadallah and HE Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, Jr. exchanging signed agreements

Signing ceremony between the Jordanian Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCo) represented by Mr. Rashid Al-Tineh (General Manager) and Delenova Energy represented by Dr. Nedal Deeb (Senior Partner)
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