Jordan reactor to cost $5bn
JAEC chair defends claims that reactor will be too expensive
Jordan’s nuclear reactor, planned for construction by 2020, is set to cost $5bn according to Khaled Toukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission.
The controversial project has seen Jordan sign nuclear cooperation agreements with 12 other nations, and Toukan has defended claims that the project could cost up to 20bn and also put the country’s environment in danger.
"The third generation nuclear reactor to be built in Jordan is one of the most developed reactors and will be completely safe," Toukan said, adding: “Besides, the generation of electricity by using nuclear energy will be economically feasible."
Last week the JAEC announced that energy officials were close to completing a site selection study for the reactor, having shortlisted six locations in Mafraq and Aqaba. Three firms have been shortlisted to construct the plant, with the commission receiving proposals from Atomstroy Export (Russia), AECL (Canada) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan). An announcement regarding the winning constructor is expected in March.