Nuclear watchdog to visit Jordan
As Jordan prepares for nuclear power, the IAEA plans official tour
The United Nation’s nuclear watchdog will visit Jordan next month, as the country begins preparations for its first foray into atomic power.
The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, will take part in a three-day official tour of the Kingdom to discuss nuclear developments in Jordan. Lessons learned from Japan’s recent nuclear disaster will be on the agenda, and the director general will also meet with the country’s Prime Minister, Marouf Bakhit.
Recent developments in Jordan have seen the country’s Atomic Energy Commission beginning to vet international firms for the construction of its first nuclear reactor, prompting protests from environmentalists and worries citizens. Originally in support of nuclear power, the Fukushima disaster has shaken public confidence and the support for the power generation method has waned. “We have to assess the global trends and answer misinformation and fears with facts,” Khaled Toukan, Jordan’s Mnister of Energy and Mineral Resources told the Jordan Times.
The country’s first reactor – the first of three planned – is scheduled to come online by the end of the decade.