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Jordan's project

Enefit is developing two parallel oil shale projects in Jordan. Realization of these projects will help Jordan save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. The power project will substitute more expensive methods of electricity generation and shale oil will replace liquid fuels, which would otherwise be imported. The projects will use the latest and best oil shale processing technologies successfully implemented and operating in Estonia. 3,000 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs will be created.

An Oil Shale Fired Power Plant with capacity of 550 MW

Enefit has extensive know-how and many years of experience in developing and operating large oil shale fired power units, so the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan approached Enefit to develop an oil shale fired power plant project in Jordan.

On April 30th, 2008, the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Enefit signed a Development Agreement to start the proposed oil shale fired power plant project in Jordan. Under the agreement, Enefit was granted the sole and exclusive right to develop, design, finance, construct and operate a 550 MW oil shale fired power station in Jordan.

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Technical Studies and Engineering (Mine + Power Plant)
Power Plant and Mine Tendering
Environmental Impact Assessment

Completed activities

  • Detailed geological and hydrogeological studies for understanding in detail the Attarat oil shale and groundwater resources. In total more than 10 km of oil shale drilling and analyses have been completed and three deep hydrogeological wells drilled
  • A geotechnical program for determing the mine design parameters.A JORC compliant Mineral Resource status has been issued by SRK exploration for the Power Plant Mining Area in 2013
  • Extraction of large oil shale samples which have been used for pilot testing for oil and power projects
  • Completed weather monitoring to collect environmental baseline information over a 2 year period
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for Power Project and associated open cast mine approved in 2013
  • Engineering, procurement and construction tender completed in Dec 2013 and Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation was selected as the EPC contractor
  • Mine tender completed for the Power Plant Open Cast mine operation in 2013

Current activities

  • The price of electricity has been agreed upon with the Government of Jordan.
  • Construction can start after the financing contracts have been signed and the due diligence has been carried out.