IAEA to assess Jordan's proposed N-plant site
Site located close to the Khirbet Samra wastewater treatment plant
A team of 19 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials will assess the studies conducted on the proposed site for Jordan's planned nuclear plant, local media reported.
Experts from the nuclear agency will train Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) personnel on conducting the environmental impact assessment required for the nuclear project, JNRC President Majd Hawari told local media.
Last year, the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) announced its plans to construct twin 1,000MW reactors in the Qusayr Amra region east of Amman.
The site's is located close to the Khirbet Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant. Russian Federal Agency for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) has been selected as the preferred vendor to construct the reactors by 2021.
The Russian company has agreed to take on 49 per cent of the plants' $10 billion construction and operation costs on a build-own-operate basis, with the government shouldering the remaining 51 per cent and retaining a majority share in the plants.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has recently said that nuclear energy can provide Jordan with almost one-third of its future needs of electric power and can cut costs by around one-third.