Ministry of Energy signs MoU for mining of phosphate and potash

Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Energy. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Energy Saleh Al-Kharabsheh signed two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on Thursday, August 10, with the Al Tasnim Enterprises for the exploration of phosphate ore in the Al-Risha, and for shale potash in the Lisan area adjacent to the Dead Sea.اضافة اعلان

Kharabsheh explained that the extraction of phosphate and potash, in larger quantities, will increase Jordan's exports abroad, Hala News reported.

He emphasized that the Ministry of Energy has signed 13 memoranda of understanding for mineral extraction in various areas of the kingdom. Noting that these agreements are directly related to the vision of economic revitalization, aimed at benefiting from national resources.

Details of the MoU
The MoU for the exploration of phosphate in the Al-Risha area, with a duration of two and a half years, allows Al-Tasnim Enterprises to explore phosphate in an area of 300 km2 by conducting exploratory studies and prospecting for ore, and evaluating economic feasibility with the aim of establishing transformative industries not currently present in the kingdom, in addition to creating food and pharmaceutical industries utilizing phosphate ore.

The memorandum of understanding for the exploration and evaluation of shale potash ores in the Lisan area, with a duration of three and a half years, allows Al-Tasnim Enterprises to conduct exploration operations on an area of 34 km2 by evaluating the ore and conducting exploratory studies in the area.

Kharabsheh stressed the ministry's policy of not allowing the export of phosphate production from the Al-Risha area in its raw form, but rather it will be utilized in transformative and chemical industries in areas where mineral ores are present to maximize the benefit of this major national project and expand employment opportunities, contributing to sustainable development efforts.

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