Chinese coal power plant operator Yudean has taken 45% of Jordan’s Attarat Power (Apco) JV, which is developing a 550MW oil shale-fired power plant in the Attarat umm Ghudrun region 110km southeast of Amman.

It is unclear if Yudean has paid for the stake in the $2.1bn project or whether this will impact development. Apco’s lead firm Eesti Energia of Estonia – the only member of the JV with shale expertise – describes Yudean as a “strategic investor.”...