Risha Field gas production up 22%

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Gas tap with pipeline system at natural gas station. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — The average natural gas consumption for Jordan’s industries amounted to 24 million cubic feet (CF) per day in 2021, according to data released by Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.اضافة اعلان

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, said the data was based on gas production from Risha Field in eastern Jordan, which reached about 6510 million cubic feet during 2021.

That constituted a daily production rate of 17.8 million cubic feet, which marked a 22 percent increase over 2020.

The ministry said that the production capacity of Risha Field has been raised to about 32 million cubic feet per day, as three Risha Wells, numbered 53, 51, and 50, have entered production in 2021.

Additionally, the ministry is working to supply natural gas to Jordan’s electricity generation plants from quantities imported from Egypt, US Chevron Corporation, and Aqaba’s Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal–LNG (The Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Terminal), in addition to gas produced from the Risha Field.

According to the ministry’s report, published on its website, Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), in cooperation with the ministry and the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), is working to develop The Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Terminal by building an onshore unit with a 400-million cubic feet capacity per day and carrying out a project to replace the current floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).

To stimulate natural gas consumption in all sectors, the ministry said a project to supply natural gas to Aqaba industrial complex, affiliated to Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC), was launched in 2021.

The project is within the framework of the agreement signed by JPMC with the Jordanian Egyptian Fajr for Natural Gas Transmission and Supply to supply Aqaba industrial complex producing 4 million cubic feet per day.

The ministry also referred to a Cabinet decision to approve natural gas pricing produced from Risha Field for private sector consumers. It said the move will create a stimulating investment environment by attracting investors to build projects based on Risha gas supplies, whether in the Kingdom’s eastern regions, or in other areas that could benefit from compressed, or liquefied gas quantities.

With regard to the strategic stockpile of Jordan’s oil derivatives, the ministry said it increased the storage capacities of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Madounah facilities by about 6,000 tonnes, as the project was completed during the last quarter of 2021.

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