Amman, Jordan: The Lower House Energy Committee, led by MP Talal Ensour, conducted a detailed review of Jordan’s fuel reserves and the progress of oil and gas exploration in the country. The meeting, which took place on Sunday, was attended by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Saleh Kharabsheh.
According to Jordan News Agency, the current regional circumstances underscore the importance of Jordan’s pursuit of alternative and sustainable energy sources to mitigate any sudden disruptions. Ensour highlighted concerns about the potential impact on Jordan’s energy sector due to the gas agreement with Israel and noted recent developments where Israel had to halt energy production in several regions.
Minister Kharabsheh elaborated on Jordan’s Energy Sector Strategy, emphasizing its focus on ensuring energy security and the government’s successful efforts in diversifying energy imports. He reassured that Jordan maintains a “safe strategic” oil reserve sufficient for about 60 days and is prepared for any sudden disruptions in gas supply. The ministry, he stated, is actively engaged in finding energy alternatives.
Kharabsheh also shared that over 14 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) have been signed in the areas of oil, mineral, and energy exploration. In the past 22 months, thousands of samples have been collected. He cautioned that such exploration work typically requires lengthy periods ranging from 10 to 14 years. “We are committed to putting Jordan on the global mining map and are moving forward swiftly by carrying out exploration work before attracting international companies,” he said.
Additionally, Kharabsheh mentioned that Jordan has equipment and rigs conducting oil searches in various regions, including Azraq district, at depths of up to 3,000 meters. He stressed that the ministry is cautious in granting exploration tenders to international companies, particularly those lacking sufficient capabilities or financial solvency.
The minister welcomed any efforts or local consortiums in the energy sector, especially in exploration for safe energy sources. Finally, he announced that there is no plan to lease a new vessel for gas storage when the current floating ship contract expires, indicating upcoming tenders for establishing a fixed onshore facility.