Last week a group of engineers from the Jordanian national electric company (NEPCO) paid a study visit which took them to Denmark, Germany and Spain.
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The visit was part of the European Commission Twinning project “Institution Building for the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) in Jordan” being implemented by the FIIAPP and the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through the Institute for Energy Diversification and Conservation (IDAE) and the Spanish Electrical Network (REE).
The selection of countries was based on their prominent role in the integration of renewable energies: Denmark especially in wind power, Germany in solar energy, and Spain as a pioneer in integrating maximum production of renewable energy into its electrical system under safe conditions. Along these lines, the Spanish Electrical Network has had the Centre for Control of Renewable Energies (CECRE), a pioneer and an international reference in the supervision and control of renewable energies, in operation since 2006.
In addition to these visits to Energinet.dk (Denmark), 50Hertz (Germany) and REE (Spain), the NEPCO experts had the opportunity to meet with technicians from the IDEA, and to visit and tour the control centre of the technical operator of the Spanish natural gas system, Enagás, to learn about the international activities of this company.
Finally, on the last day of this visit, the group of Jordanian engineers visited IBERDROLA’s Renewable Energy Operation Centre in Toledo. This centre controls remotely, manages and maintains electrical generation facilities in real time using the renewable energy sources the company has all over the world.
The result of an intense week of meetings in three European countries for the Jordanian engineers is that they are returning to their country with new ideas to apply to their national grid which will allow them to successfully confront the integration of renewable energies in coming months, guaranteeing the safety and quality of electrical supply in Jordan.