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Jordan receives bids for nuclear reactor

Top firms bid for country's first atomic project amid protests

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Jordan's energy ministry has received bids for its planned nuclear facility. (Getty Images)
Jordan's energy ministry has received bids for its planned nuclear facility. (Getty Images)

Despite continuing protests over Jordan’s proposed nuclear plans, energy officials have accepted bids for the construction of the country’s first atomic power plant.

Technical bids from three shortlisted firms – Atomstroy Export (Russia), AECL (Canada) and a consortium comprising AREVA (France) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan) – have been accepted for the construction of a 1,000 megawatt reactor, to be inaugurated by the end of the decade.

The winning firm will be announced in December after a thorough bid review, with the reactor currently planned for construction in the Balamaa/Majdal region, north east of Amman. Although it is set to create around 5,000 jobs, protests by local environmental activists are citing a lack of water for cooling and the cost of construction as the two main reasons to scrap the country’s nuclear plans.
 

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