Oil shale and nuclear power - shaping Jordan's energy future

Jordan's energy mix. Source: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, 2012
Jordan's energy mix. Source: Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, 2012

The International Monetary Fund has described energy as ‘the Achilles heel of the Jordanian economy’. Jordan, which has one of the smallest economies in the Arab world, is largely dependent on energy imports from a few suppliers – which comes at a heavy cost. The country has embarked on a multi-faceted energy strategy with one aim - to reverse existing conditions and exploit indigenous resources, particularly oil shale and uranium.

IN TODAY'S environment of high oil prices, Jordan, a country which has one of the smallest economies in the Arab world, faces a burdensome energy bill. In 2011, energy imports accounted for 16 per cent of the kingdom’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – up fro...

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