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In partnership with local and international partners, Enefit is currently in the process of establishing two parallel oil shale projects in Jordan; an oil shale fired power plant and a shale oil production plant.

Development area

After considerable exploration and various geological studies to evaluate the quantity and quality of oil shale in various deposits around the Kingdom, Enefit was assigned the oil shale deposit of Attarat Um Ghudran – a remote uninhabited area located 40 km east of the village of Al Qatrana – which is itself located 110 km south of Amman via the main desert highway between Amman and Aqaba.

The size of the development area is 70 km2 and it contains approx. 3.5 billion tonnes of oil shale. The mining area for the 554MW (gross) power plant is approximately 11 km2. According to geological estimates, this mining area can supply the power plant with approximately 10 million tonnes per year for a period of 40 years.

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Power production

Attarat Power Company owned by Enefit, YTL International Berhad and Near East Investments is developing an oil shale fired power plant that will be located in Attarat Um Ghudran deposit in central Jordan. The plant will have two circulating fluidised bed (CFB) units generating 554MW in total and reducing significantly the Kingdom's expenditure on energy imports. When completed in 2020, it will be one of the largest power plants in Jordan and the largest oil shale fired power plant in the world after Enefit's Power Plant in Estonia.

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Enefit has performed and presented a comprehensive feasibility study for using Jordanian oil shale for the production of shale oil and transportation fuels. The project is currently in the engineering and testing phase and will be more actively developed once the Power Plant project has reached the construction phase.

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Benefits for Jordan

Local energy resource

Long term energy security and stability - the benefits of leveraging Jordan's oil shale deposits are numerous and have the potential to completely transform the country's economy from one dependent on the largesse of regional and international allies, to one that delivers energy security and independence to the Kingdom for the first time in its history.

  • Stable - power price not linked to oil price movements
  • Reduces fuel import bill
  • Kick-starts Jordan´s oil shale industry including oil production

Economic benefits

  • 1,000 new jobs
  • 5,500 people during construction
  • Indirect employment
  • Largest foreign investment to Jordan, 2.1 B USD
  • Multiplier effect to local GDP in various industry sectors

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