Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Geothermal Country Notes
Jordan possesses considerable thermal water resources spread along the Rift Valley, in addition to thermal wells in the Central and the Eastern Plateau.
Several studies on the evaluation and assessment of these resources have been conducted by the Natural Resources Authority (NRA). The results have shown that the thermal resources are of the low-enthalpy type and range in temperature from 30oC to 60oC. Their optimum use is for space heating, greenhouses and fish farming.
At the present time the geothermal resource is used directly in spas and for bathing and balneological purposes - installed capacity stood at some 153 MWt at end-2004. The NRA plans to further diversify direct uses into the winter heating of greenhouses, the provision of heated water in winter for fish farming and refrigeration by absorption. It has been reported that, in cooperation with Japan (and funded by a Japanese Policy and Human Resources Development [PHRD] Grant through the World Bank), Jordan is currently implementing a study on the technical and economic evaluation of geothermal drilling data for energy applications.