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As Congress dithers
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 14, 2008

Another country has decided "drill here, drill now" makes perfect sense:
Energy-poor Jordan said on Sunday it was in talks with Anglo-Dutch group Royal Dutch Shell on an agreement to extract oil from the desert kingdom's 40-billion-tonne oil shale reserves.

"Negotiations with Shell to sign a deal to process oil shale in Jordan are nearing an end," said Maher Hjazin, head of the state-run Natural Resources Authority.

"If our plans succeed, it would be one of the country's largest projects to help the Jordan become energy self-sufficient, with a possibility to export oil in the future."

Jordan, which imports 95 per cent of its energy needs and struggling to meet growing needs, has the world's fourth largest reserves of oil shale, from which petroleum can be extracted by distillation.

Hjazin told the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA) that Estonia's state-owned energy company Eesti Energia has completed a feasibility study for plans to produce 36,000 barrels a day of oil from oil shale.
And apparently, even if it takes 10 years, Jordon seems to think it is worth it.
 
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They have the advantage that King Abdullah is not up for re-election every 4 years. So, a 10 year horizon is perfectly acceptable to His Majesty.
 
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They probably don’t have green peace screaming save the camel spiders either.
 
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If they figure it out, can’t we just buy the technology and use it here?
 
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If they figure it out, can’t we just buy the technology and use it here?
From the article:
Energy-poor Jordan said on Sunday it was in talks with Anglo-Dutch group Royal Dutch Shell on an agreement to extract oil from the desert kingdom’s 40-billion-tonne oil shale reserves.
That would be the same Shell that has been developing shale extraction methods in the Rockies for a few years and is being held up by a few not-so-well meaning Congresscritters. Looks like the Shell executives have just flipped us the bird and taken their toolbox to a more cooperative opportunity. Good one on them, I say.
 
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