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Attarat Um Ghudran

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 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.

Due to the remote location of the development area, the impact of open cast mining will have little to no effect on the local population.