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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Discussed Co-operation in Oil Shale Energy With Prime Minister of Jordan

11.01.2013

No 7-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met in Amman with Prime Minister of Jordan Abdullah Ensour, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Alaa Aref Al Batayneh, and Minister of the Environment and Tourism Nayef Hmeidi Al Fayez, with whom he discussed co-operation in the area of oil shale energy and the status of Estonian energy company Eesti Energia’s project in Jordan.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia has the closest co-operation with Jordan in the area of oil shale energy, in which we would like to share our experiences with oil shale technology. “Eesti Energia began studying oil shale in Jordan back in 2006. Now a concession agreement has been signed with the Jordanian government, according to which Eesti Energia will invest in mining oil shale in Jordan as well as the production of electricity and oil from it. However, the project must also be profitable,” he said. Paet noted that as a extension of our energy co-operation, Estonia is also interested in co-operation opportunities between higher education institutions in Estonia and Jordan on the topic of oil shale-related studies and training.

Paet said that Jordan’s energy supply depends on resources purchased from other countries, so adopting the use of oil shale for electricity production would ensure the country’s energy security and independence.

The foreign minister stated that Estonia is interested in developing bilateral relations with Jordan in various sectors. “In addition to oil shale-related co-operation, we would like to increase contacts in other economic sectors. There is also great potential in co-operation in the tourism industry,” Paet stated. Estonia also supports the conclusion of a free trade agreement within the framework of European Union co-operation and the intensification of economic ties with Jordan.

In Amman the foreign minister also met with the directors of the Jordanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and gave a speech at the World Affairs Council think tank.

Photos from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/8364907805/in/pho...

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