Jordan signs oil shale deal with Estonian firm
Rahvusvahelised uudised 11 May 2010  EWR
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Bloomberg Businessweek/AP

AMMAN, JORDAN - Jordan and Estonia's Eesti Energia have signed a $6 billion deal to explore for oil in the country's extensive surface oil shale reserves.

Maher Hijazin, head of Jordan's Natural Resources Authority, said Tuesday the project involves full-scale oil shale extraction in a 30-square-kilometer (12-square-mile) are of the country's central al-Attarat region.

He said a potential daily oil output of 36,000 barrels, or 30 percent of Jordan's daily need, was expected within a decade.

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