Jordan Energy

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Unlike its neighbours, Jordan has never had a large oil and gas sector. While Iraq and Saudi Arabia have major hydrocarbons industries, the fields on which these are based seem to barely touch the kingdom, with Jordan thus in the unenviable position of having to import almost all of its oil and gas needs. Yet while small, Jordan’s oil and gas sector still makes a vital...

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Jordan 2014

Population increases and a growing economy look set to intensify demand on energy resources in Jordan over the coming years. In response, the government has put in place an energy plan that will focus on maximising the use of domestic resources, particularly oil shale; encouraging energy conservation and awareness; generating electricity from nuclear energy; and promoting the development of...

In 2014 Jordan’s population reached 6.64m, as regional turbulence saw an influx of refugees from neighbouring countries. Jordan, however, remains stable as it pushes ahead with the political reforms announced in 2011. The economy continues to revive following the global economic downturn, while government commitments to tackle structural issues in the economy bode well for future growth.

Jordan’s high energy import bills and the frequent power cuts resulting from shortfalls in supplies from Egypt may soon become less of a problem as a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at the port of Aqaba is set to come on-line by the end of the year.

Two landmark deals sealed in March have paved the way for Jordan’s power authority to begin buying solar electricity from the private sector, supporting the kingdom’s long-running efforts to boost renewable energy production.

Following the choice of a Russian consortium to build Jordan’s first nuclear power plant, the government hopes it will help alleviate problems far beyond the obvious ones in the kingdom’s energy sector.

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