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Oil shale

Oil shale is an organic-rich sedimentary rock that can be used directly as a fuel for producing energy or synthetic oil. Oil shale contains an organic material called kerogen. Kerogen can be heated, separated from the rock, processed and turned into liquid shale oil. The liquid shale oil can be treated and refined into diesel and jet fuels, as well as into petrol.

Why oil shale?

Simply put – oil shale is an "immature" version of liquid crude oil that has made it through every stage of the transformation process, apart from the final step that would convert it into liquid form. Oil shale developers, such as Enefit, are using advanced technology to speed-up what would otherwise be a slow, geologic process over millions of years to convert the rock into oil.

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Oil shale deposits in Jordan

Oil shale is Jordan's most significant natural resource. According to various estimates, oil shale deposits underlie more than 60% of the Kingdom's territory totaling approximately 40 – 70 billion tonnes, which would make Jordan the 6th richest country in the world in terms of oil shale deposits.

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Processes

Oil shale is a rock that can be mined, then converted into oil or electricity. Oil shale can be used for power generation with direct combustion. Oil shale contains an organic material called kerogen, which can be heated, separated from the rock and turned into liquid shale oil.

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