As the result of a joint study conducted by SouthWest Energy and the Government of Ethiopia, the Jimma area of southern Ethiopia has been shown to have great potential for the development of oil shale operations.  SWE and the Ministry of Mines have since negotiated a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) to begin further exploration on a 13,000km2 block in the Jimma area.  The PSA currently awaits the approval of the Ethiopian Council of Ministers.