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Jordan reveals 12,000 tonnes of uranium reserves

Uranium reserves could help Jordan be more energy independent

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Jordan unveils huge uranium find. (Getty Images)
Jordan unveils huge uranium find. (Getty Images)

In a much-needed boost for Jordan’s energy prospects, the Jordanian French Uranium Mining Company has announced it has found more than 12,000 tonnes of potential uranium resources.

A statement released by the company has stated that intensive exploration activities in central Jordan have been performed, and that the exploration of secondary areas will be completed by the end of 2011.

The news comes as Jordan looks to raise the profile of its in-country energy industry, following the recent launch of its somewhat controversial nuclear programme. The Kingdom currently imports some 97 per cent of its energy from surrounding countries, which represents a large proportion of the nation’s GDP. Realising natural resources to develop a more sustainable approach is therefore an essential part of Jordan’s future energy infrastructure.
 

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