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Jordan turns to shale energy reserves

State investigates new methods of extracting oil from shale rock to cut dependence on natural gas from Egypt.

Last updated: 17 Aug 2014 13:47
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Jordan's oil shale reserves are among the richest in the world, but for years investing on exploration did not seem feasible for the country. 

Oil shale is an organic-rich rock that when heated, cooled, and then distilled yields oil, a process known as retorting.

Jordan, which is dependent on Egyptian natural gas, now plans to focus on its own oil reserves.

Al Jazeera's Nisreen al-Shamayleh reports from Al Lajjoun, in southern Jordan.


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