A March 2013 photo of the new, state-of-the-art Enefit280 oil shale refinery about to be launched in northeastern Estonia. A country of 1.3 million, Estonia aims to soon begin producing high-grade ... more 
A March 2013 photo of the new, state-of-the-art Enefit280 oil shale refinery about to be launched in northeastern Estonia. A country of 1.3 million, Estonia aims to soon begin producing high-grade diesel fuel from oil shale that can be used in cars and trucks throughout Europe. Estonia annually produces 1-1.2 million barrels of shale oil, the liquid fuel refining oil shale, a rock. The new plant will have an annual capacity of approximately 2 million barrels. Estonia is attempting to export its unique technological expertise to shale-rich countries such as Jordan and the United States. Home to the creators of Skype and the first country to use online voting, Estonia relishes its image as a technological pioneer. But the tiny East European country's most far-reaching economic achievement could come from how it has learned to squeeze oil from a rock. (AP Photo/Gary Peach) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Gary Peach
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