Oil exploration to start in southern, northeastern regions early next year

Saleh Kharabsheh
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — A fresh bid to explore oil in the Al-Jafr and Al-Sarhan regions, in the south and northeast, respectively, is planned to start in February of next year, according to a Tuesday statement by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh.اضافة اعلان

The ministry has already started collecting seismic survey data for those areas, and a company specialized in the field will be contracted to process and analyze the data, Kharabsheh said.

He expected that the next two years would see a strong move towards oil and gas exploration in most regions of the Kingdom by analyzing 2,000km of two-dimensional seismic survey lines and inviting interested companies to obtain an exploration license.

As for the Hamza oil field, Kharabsheh indicated that the ministry is following up on studies to increase its productivity by drilling three new deep wells in August next year. "Two other previously drilled wells will also be added to the study to ascertain their production capacities," he added.

Moreover, a detailed study of the East Al-Jafr region is currently underway to drill three medium-depth wells, in cooperation with the National Petroleum Company, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

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