British firm to explore for oil in imports-dependent Jordan

British firm Southern Procurement Services has won a tender to explore for oil and gas in imports-dependent Jordan, AFP reported Tuesday (July 2nd).

Energy Minister Hala Zawati said the work would be carried in al-Azraq, north-east Jordan, and in the northern region of al-Sarhan.

According to the Jordanian news agency, Petra, the minister said the government would ratify a formal accord following partnership negotiations with the British company.

Jordan imports 98% of its energy needs and consumes 134,000 barrels of oil a day, mostly imported from Saudi Arabia.

Amman has in recent years established incentives for foreign companies to engage in oil exploration in the kingdom.

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