On september 1st, 1996 establishment of the national electric power company was officially announced as a legal and actual successor of Jordan electricity authority. Before that, general electricity law no. 10 of 1996 was issued to replace the general electricity law no. 16 of 1986, in which electricity sector regulatory commission was established accordingly. The new electricity law setting up a control body to regulate electricity sector and set basis and rules that govern relations among the sector corporations, issue licenses for power generating, transmitting and distributing, review tariff, set control system on electricity service concerning credibility, safety procedures, environment and client protection. To continue the procedures of restructuring electricity sector, the government decided on October 4th, 1997 to restructure the national electric power company by separating power generating activity from transmitting and distribution activities; per activity to be operated according to commercial rules through establishing an independent company per activity as follows:
- National Electric Power Company
It has remained fully owned by the government. Its duties are power transmit and control, buy electricity from generating companies then sell to distribution companies and transmit and exchange electrical power through electrical connection networks with Arab countries.
- Electricity Distribution Company
It remains fully owned by the government at an interim stage till its privatization. It is in charge of electrical power distribution in the areas of the national electric power company. It devolved property of distribution networks outside the franchise parameter of the two other electric distribution companies.
- Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO)
It is in charge of electrical power generating.
On September 20th, 2007 Energy Arabia (Enara), a company established by Jordan Dubai Energy, the energy investment arm of Jordan Dubai Capital, announced the purchase of 51% of Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO).
The transaction gave Jordan Dubai Energy, Malakoff, the Malaysian electricity giant and the Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) represented by Enara a 51% stake; the Government of Jordan retained 40% and the remaining 9% shares will be transferred to the investment unit of the Social Security Corporation.
In June 2011, ACWA Power International ( a Saudi developer, owner and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants) acquired majority stake in CEGCO. ACWA Power currently owns 90% stake in ENARA, which in turn owns 51% controlling stake in CEGCO, the Government of Jordan retained 40% stake of CEGCO, and 9% is held by Social Security Corporation.