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Jordan’s plans to develop a nuclear programme to supply the country with much-needed locally generated power has received a boost as energy officials plan to complete a site selection study by the end of January. Six locations have been shortlisted by Belgian engineering consultancy Tractabel, which is assisting the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), having already announced potential sites in Mafraq and Aqaba.
Key factors for the JAEC are safety, seismic stability and access to cooling water, which will be taken into account when the report is presented to the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Three firms have been shortlisted to construct the plant, with the commission receiving proposals from Atomstroy Export (Russia), AECL (Canada) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan). An announcement regarding the winning constructor is expected some time in March.