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Saudi Arabia, Jordan sign nuclear pact

Pact covers cooperation in various nuclear energy fields

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President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renawable Energy Hashim Yamani
President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renawable Energy Hashim Yamani

Saudi Arabia and Jordan's nuclear agencies have signed a cooperation agreement pledging that the neighbouring countries will work together to advance their energy projects, World Nuclear News reported.

The pact - signed by Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) chief Khaled Touqan and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) president Hashim Yamani - covers cooperation in various nuclear energy fields.

The main focus of the agreement is on basic and applied research related to nuclear energy and technologies, design, construction and operation, power plants and nuclear reactors. Also included is cooperation in research and exploration for "raw materials", plus radioactive waste management.

Saudi Arabia has plans to build up to 16 reactors over the next 20 years, while Jordan has selected Russia as the preferred bidder for its first nuclear power plant with a view towards a 2020 operation date. Final sites have not yet been selected in either country.

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