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Jordan considers bids for nuclear plant contract

Jordan's Atomic Energy Commission reviews international tenders

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The first unit of the proposed plant is targeting 2021 to begin operations. (GETTY IMAGES)
The first unit of the proposed plant is targeting 2021 to begin operations. (GETTY IMAGES)

Jordan's Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has confirmed that it is considering bids from international companies competing to build the country's first nuclear power plant. JAEC has reported that bids have been put forward by Russia's Atomstroyexport, as well as a consortium that includes Areva and Mitsubishi. Canada's SNC-Lavalin also put forward a proposal involving the CANDU EC6 reactor.

JAEC has stated that it is aiming throughout the bidding stage to achieve the most appropriate technology for implementation in Jordan. Inas Shatnawi, from JAEC’s Communication and Public Awareness Unit, states that they will be looking for "compliance with the highest international safety standards and practices, including lessons learned from the Fukushima event". The successful bidder is expected to be announced by the end of this year.

Planned power output at the plant is expected to be around 1000 MW, with sites in the north-eastern part of the country – away from population centres – under consideration. The first unit of the plant is targeting 2021 to begin operations.

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