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Jordan accepts financial bids for atomic power

Nuclear bid winners will be announced in December 2011

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Jordan's nuclear commission receives financial bids for controversial power plant. (Getty Images)
Jordan's nuclear commission receives financial bids for controversial power plant. (Getty Images)

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission has received financial bids for the first nuclear power plant in the Kingdom.

Technical bids for the project have already been submitted by Atomstroy Export (Russia), AECL (Canada) and an AREVA-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries consortium (France, Japan), and a committee formed by the cabinet is now to study all financial and technical bids, and announce the winners in December this year.

With Jordan using 20 per cent of its budget importing 97 per cent of its energy, the country is desperately seeking alternative energy sources. Despite widespread concern from the Jordanian public in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster, the country is continuing its bid to construct a nuclear reactor as part of its peaceful nuclear programme.
 

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