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Title: Palaeo-environmental reconstruction of Jordanian oil shale based on inorganic geochemical data
Author: Aqleh, Suha Z.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7233 9388
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2015
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In response to the continuing rise in global demand for energy and energy security, the pressure on conventional hydrocarbon resources has increased substantially and has led to a shift in focus from conventional to unconventional energy resources (e.g. shale oil, shale gas, and oil shale). The energy situation is particularly precarious for Jordan as it imports -97% of its current energy needs, which underlines the importance of finding alternative internal energy resources for the country. The current estimates suggest that there is more than 65 billion tons of oil shale in Jordan, which ranks Jordan under the top 10 of countries with oil shale reserves worldwide, explaining the interest of oil shale as a potential energy game-changer. Despite these highly promising perspectives, detailed information about the palaeo-depositional environment, which controlled the spatial and temporal distribution and quality of the oil shale, is very limited. To address this challenge, a large research program financed by the Jordan Oil Shale Company (JOSCo), a regional branch of Royal Dutch Shell, has been initiated. The program is structured into four interlinked PhD projects, the main shared aim of all sub-projects is to develop an improved palaeo-environmental reconstruction of the Jordan oil shale based on studies of the stratigraphy, micropalaeontology, organic geochemistry, and inorganic geochemistry.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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