According to Hala Zawati, the Jordanian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, Jordan could produce up to 3 million cubic feet per day (mcf/d) of naural gas after a successful well (Well 49) testing in the Risha field, reported The National.

Additionally, the National Petroleum Company, Jordan’s state-owned company, has commenced drilling Well 50.

It is worth noting that with the production from Well 49, Jordan’s natural gas production capacity from the Risha field is expected to reach 19 mcf/d, equivalent to 5% of the kingdom’s daily gas consumption, said Zawati, reported the state-run Petra news agency.

Moreover, Jordan has been trying to adopt an energy-mix strategy, under which the country will develop its renewable resources and commence its oil shale production program. Jordan, which imports 95% of its energy needs, ranked the eighth largest reserves of oil shale worldwide.