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Jordan Oil Shale Company Awards Seismic Contract to a Jordanian Firm

In Amman, Jordan - The Jordan Oil Shale Company (JOSCO), a wholly owned affiliate of Shell, has awarded the Geophysical Services Center (GSC) a contract to conduct seismic surveys for JOSCO’s oil shale project, Shell’s first unconventional oil development in the country.

“We are proud to award GSC the seismic contract in line with Shell’s vision to work with local experts and continually develop local capacity through our projects,” says Mr. Thomas Meijssen, General Manager for JOSCO. He added that “all the geological information gathered by will be shared with the Jordanian authorities in line with the company’s vision to foster constructive and collaborative relationships with the Government.”

Mr. Abdelaziz Madi, GSC’s General Manager said that “GSC is honored to have JOSCO as their technology partner and to work as one team for a successful and safe execution of this milestone project.”

GSC’s extensive experience in seismology will provide technologists from both companies an opportunity to map oil shale deposits trapped deep underground in porous rock formations. According to the World Energy Council, Jordan has the eight largest oil shale deposits in the world – the development of these resources is an important element of Jordan’s national energy policy.

JOSCO commenced operations in 2010 and follows a phased approach to explore for and evaluate the commercial potential of deeper layers of Jordanian oil shale. Even in the current early stages of its journey toward creating a new energy source in the country, JOSCO operations have trained and created job opportunities for over 205 talented invididuals, of which over 95 percent are Jordanian.