Jordan turns to shale energy reserves

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

    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.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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