Hamza field set to produce larger quantities of oil

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AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati announced recently to local media that the product development work in the Hamza oil field aims to produce larger quantities of oil.اضافة اعلان

This announcement challenges the stereotype of the lack of oil in Jordan and ends a yearslong discussion between energy experts who asserted the presence of oil in the Kingdom and the government who repeatedly denied these claims.

One of these experts is petroleum geologist and drilling expert Zuhair Sadeq, who spoke to Jordan News several times about the presence of oil and in large quantities in Jordan, based on scientific studies that he conducted.

"The Kingdom is rich in natural resources, including oil, gas, oil shale, and different types of minerals,” Sadeq said in an interview with Jordan News.
"Jordan has even enough natural resources to cover local demand, export, cover government debt, and increase employment," the expert said.

He added: “If the Kingdom were to reach maximum oil production, it could be enjoying up to 1 million barrels a day.”

Sadeq added that he has advocated alongside other oil experts for years through seminars, lectures, and media interviews with governmental entities in regards to searching and drilling at Hamza field, pointing out that "this field is considered promising, and the results will be satisfactory and will exceed our expectations.”

"Jordan is floating on a lake of oil," the geologist claimed. "However, it needs to be explored, researched, and drilled” under the supervision of experts.

Sadeq said he could only speculate as to why the government had neglected drilling operations in the Hamza field over the last 30 years. “There are commercial quantities,” he said, and more discoveries are likely to be made in the future.

The geologist contends that Jordan is rich in oil and natural gas. He explained that the first well was discovered at the Risha field in 1987. “Its daily production at the time was 30 million cubic feet.”

Since then, the volume of production at the Risha field has dwindled to 9 or 10 million cubic feet, Sadeq claimed.

Furthermore, studies by the Geological Society of America have discussed the presence of as much as 12 trillion cubic feet of gas at the site, while others estimate the amount to be around 70 trillion cubic feet, the geologist contended.

Sadeq concluded that Jordan’s economic crisis could be combated by exploiting the Kingdom’s existing resources, which would bring with it job creation, energy sufficiency, and export opportunities.
For her part, Zawati said that "this is the first time that Jordan's oil production reaches 1.5 percent of the Kingdom's consumption.”

Zawati emphasized that the work in the Hamza field is an essential development for the national economy in terms of increasing the contribution of local energy sources to the total energy mix, in line with the Master Strategy for the Energy Sector 2020–2030 with its primary objective of "self-reliance.”

She explained that the ministry's two-year plan for the Hamza field includes completing the maintenance of the four operating wells and developing further production.

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