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Jordan to go nuclear by 2019

Energy Minister: Kingdom's first nuclear reactor will be ready by 2019

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Jordan's nuclear programme to see reactor by 2019. (Getty Images)
Jordan's nuclear programme to see reactor by 2019. (Getty Images)

Jordan will have a nuclear reactor by 2019, according to the country’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, generating 1,000 megawatts of power to the nations struggling grid.

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission has started reviewing financial bids from three energy giants for the construction of the plant – Atomstroy Export, Canadian AECL and a Japanese-French JV comprising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Areva, and will announce the winner at the end of this year.

Jordan is expected to see a six per cent rise in demand for electricity over the next few years, and infrastructure is already struggling to cope with current demand. Recent disruptions to the country’s gas supply from Egypt have meant that Jordan has had to rely on expensive alternative fuels, and authorities believe that nuclear power is the answer to the country’s energy woes.

However, the proposed atomic programme has received widespread criticism from the public, showing a lack of support and concern that the country is rushing its plans without full consideration.
 

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