Jordan’s Energy Supplies: Lots Of Options, None Of Them Good

Jordan is working out the best way to source additional feedstocks and fuels to expand its energy sector. The IMF has prepared a working paper weighing up the options, while Japan is funding preparation of an electricity master plan.

Jordan is studying options for importing feedstocks and fuels for its energy sector, and in particular to replace gas supplies from Egypt that were disrupted by the Arab Spring and then halted as Egyptian gas output continued to fall. Electricity and water supplies are an urgent issue, which ‘Amman aims to tackle through its Electricity Master Plan.

Jordan imports both crude oil for its sole refinery, the 100,000 b/d nameplate capacity Zarqa plant, and refined products, given that demand has raced ahead of domestic refining capacity since gas supplied from Egypt dwindled in 2011 and subsequently ground to a halt. Last month Jordan began importing LNG to fuel power plants (MEES, 22 May), but longer term options include imports of oil and gas from new sources, and developments of renewables, nuclear and domestic oil shale resources. (CONTINUED - 1223 WORDS)


table Price Per Unit Of Energy Of Potential Fuel Imports To Jordan ($/Mn Btu)