The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources was established in 1984 and entrusted with administering and organizing the energy sector in a way that achieves the national objectives.
In light of the restructuring process, the responsibilities of the ministry were amended to include the comprehensive planning process of the energy and mineral resource sector, and setting the general plans and ensuring their implementation in a way that achieves the general objectives of the sector, the most important of which is providing energy, in its various forms, for the development process and organizing its affairs, in addition to the optimum utilization of natural resources complying with international best practices.
Vision: Achieving a secure sustainable supply of energy and optimal utilization of natural resources.
Mission: Setting and developing the appropriate policies and legislations to achieve a secure sustainable supply of energy and that the optimum utilization of natural resources complies with international best practices.
Core Values: Teamwork Spirit, Knowledge Dissemination and Use, Integrity and Transparency, Excellence and Entrepreneurship, Loyalty and Affiliation.
Natural Gas Directorate
Through the Natural Gas Directorate, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is seeking to achieve the strategic goal of increasing the contribution of natural gas in the total energy mix. This will be achieved through the development of local sources of natural gas; expanding the use of natural gas in power generation and industries; and securing additional sources of natural gas to the Kingdom. To achieve this strategic goal, the Natural Gas Directorate follows up and manages gas projects and programs across the Kingdom.
Oil Shale in Jordan
Jordan has more than 70 billion tons of sub-surface proven reserves of oil shale, which is more than 7 billion ton oil-equivalent. The national strategy for the energy sector has included Oil Shale as an alternative energy source to contribute about 12% of the energy mix in the Kingdom in 2025.
The Government has adopted a Commercial Legal Framework and an Environmental Legal Framework within the contracts with the investing companies to govern and control oil shale exploitation projects with the help of the relevant international consultancy firms. A national exploration program has been scheduled and implemented to investigate new potential areas for investment throughout the Kingdom for new exploitation projects for both the deep seated resource and the surface resource to produce both oil and electricity.
The Government is currently adopting a three-track approach to handle Oil Shale resource exploitation which includes In Situ for the deep Oil Shale to produce oil, Surface Retorting for the mined Oil Shale to produce oil, and Direct Burning of Oil Shale for Electricity Generation.
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