The project is located in the Attarat Um Ghudran area of Jordan, 100km southeast of Amman and is being developed by the Attarat Power Company (APCO).
The project will provide between 10-15% of Jordan's annual power demand.
Eesti Energia, Enefit and YTL Power International are acting as sponsors.
The project has a 30 year PPA signed with National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).
APCO has entered into a EPC contract with Guangdong Power Engineering.
The project is being part financed by $1.582 billion facility taken out from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Bank of China with export credit insurance provided by China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure). Shareholders have also committed $528 million.
The deal represents the largest foreign direct investment in Jordan to date. It is also the first oil shale power plant and mine project in the world to be funded by limited recourse project financing.
In addition the project is the second largest oil shale power project in the world after Enefit's power plant in Estonia.