Jordan's confirmed uranium now over 20,000 tonnes
JFUMC widens exploration area to find substantial increase in reserves
Jordanian French Uranium Mining Company (JFUMC) has reported that Jordan’s confirmed uranium resources now exceed 20,000 tonnes. The company, a joint venture between Jordan Energy Resources and France’s AREVA, has previously confirmed potential uranium reserves in the Kingdom at 12,300 tonnes. Jordan is currently progressing with plans to build its first nuclear power station by 2020, with the country’s Atomic Energy Commission currently considering bids from two international consortium for construction at the plant.
JFUMC has attributed the increase in discovered reserves to a widening of the exploration area that they had originally explored - the company has previously performed exploratory drilling over an area of 18 square kilometres in the centre of the country. JFUMC says that an economic feasibility study, together with other technical studies on uranium extraction, will now be undertaken to account for forecasts on future demands.
Jordan currently imports around 95% of its energy needs, and is looking to nuclear power as a key method to meet future electricity demand. Having a secure, domestic reserve of uranium is a central part of these plans.