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Energy Security In Jordan

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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This thesis explores if the energy strategy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as formulated and executed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, will help the country achieve greater energy security. This work qualitatively analyzes the progress in each energy subsectorhydrocarbons,nuclear power, and renewableson goals presented in the countrys strategy and provides further analysis to determine each subsectors potential to play a greater role in future energy development. The primary conclusion is that the goals within Jordans overarching energy strategy have not been realized and consequently, the strategy is not on track to provide energy security. This conclusion is based on three main findings. First, Jordan failed in meeting targets to diversify and exploit domestic hydrocarbon resourcesbeing forced to rely on foreign heavy fuels and running a deficit to meet basic energy needs. Second, the kingdoms nuclear program has not kept up with development milestones and further nuclear progress is hampered by significant political and resource constraints. Third, the administration in Ammanhas been unsuccessful in fully capitalizing on the abundance of renewable energy resources readily available within Jordans borders.

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