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Citizens use pressed olive residue for heating

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AMMAN —  With a steep rise in fuel prices, some Jordanian have found an alternative for hearing their homes: hard pressed olive residue.اضافة اعلان

Many Jordanians, complain that they are unable to cope with several rises in the price of oil derivavtives this year, as dictated by global developments. While some opted for wooden heaters, some are using hard pressed olive residue to heat up their homes.

Farmer Hassan Al-Najdawi said that he has been using pressed olive pits, called jift, for heating because “I cannot afford to pay for diesel fuel.”

“It’s not shaby — it heats well, and it’s safe,” he told Jordan News.

He explained that he buys a large quantity of jift in the autumn, following the season of pressing olives for oil. “My ancestors used this method for heating,” he noted.

“It is a flammable material, and its combustion continues for a long time,” he pointed out.

Energy expert Hashem Aqel told Jordan News that “if we look at the financial condition of citizens, we find the pressed olives a good alternative for many”.

He explained that it heats well, and is much cheaper than relying on other oil derivatives, “especially since the options available for the citizens are very few”.

But he encouraged citizens to use gas because it is widely available in the market. “In the past few years, several cases of suffocation caused by the kerosene heaters were reported,” he said.

Energy expert Amer Al-Shobaki said that the government must “be aware that the rise in the price of oil derivatives, especially in winter, will negatively affect both, the citizen and the government”.

“Therefore, the use of firewood and other sources of heating is expected due to their heating efficacy, more than kerosene and gas heaters”, he noted.

But he admitted that using such material will increase the “proportion of carbon emissions, in addition to the likelihood of suffocation”.

“Dried pressed olive is in in great demand recently,” he added. As a result, the price of one tonne of hard pressed olive residue, which cost JD70, more than doubled to JD150.

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