Al-Qamer for Energy and Infrastructure Ltd, herein referred to as QEI, is a Jordanian company. The company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 14th of November 2014 with the Government of Jordan to explore and develop part of Jordan’s oil shale deposits in Attarat Umm Al Ghudran block. The MOU Block area is about 64 km2.
QEI intends to launch a commercial oil shale power plant, rated at 600 MW consisting of 4 units of 150 MW capacity each. The power plant will be expandable as needed, and will use the most viable and state-of-the-art direct burning technology called Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB).
· The Power Generation Project
The proposed power plant (600 MW) will be designed to burn oil shale using the circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler technology. It involves the installation of 4 units, each with an electrical gross capacity of 150 MW. The generated electricity’s selling price will stay nearly constant as per the practice in Jordan. The duration of the power purchase agreement (PPA) is 30 years and can be extended another 14 years. As for the medium electricity demand forecast scenario, the demand annual increase for the electricity in Jordan is about 7%; a new capacity of 300 MW on the national scale is needed annually to meet this demand increase of electricity.
The Government started the implementation of the national strategy to diversify energy sources and to increase reliance on domestic sources of energy (mainly oil shale). The strategy calls for oil shale to be 18% of the energy mix by 2020.
Shale ash is typically about 60 % of the weight of the raw oil shale, this can be used to produce cement, building bricks and other construction materials.
1. Geological reserves about 788.67 Million tons of oil shale, enough to support the retorting project rated 89,071 bbl / per day for 30 years.
2. Proven reserves about 1.6 Billion tons of oil shale in Cut-off grade 9%.
3. Oil Content: 8.5%-14%.
4. The oil shale calorific value is 1269.39 - 2544 Kcal/Kg
45. Stripping Ratio is 1:1.
Main products from 2023 are:
· Electricity Generation From 2023.
· Completion of Project in 2025
· Ash which can be used for cement and Tiles productions.
· Overburden like limestone, Marble, Dolomite, chalk, clay..etc from Mid .2018.