Jordan reveals nuclear plans

Country expected to operate first nuclear power station within next ten years, according to an official.
Jordan reveals nuclear plans
By Lynne Roberts
Mon 17 Sep 2007 01:16 AM

Jordan expects to operate its first nuclear power station within the next ten years, according to the country’s top nuclear official.

Director General of the Jordanian Nuclear Energy Authority General Zyad Al- Qada told Al-Arab Al-Youm newspaper other fuels would continue to provide 75% of the country’s electricity generation, according to Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

The country’s post-2015 power requirements are under discussion, as are prospective reactors, he said.

The nuclear programme will involve the exploitation of uranium, Al-Qada said. No studies are available on exact quantities of uranium in the Kingdom, however statistics show it is available in six areas, one of which was studied in the late 1980s.

According to Al-Qada, Jordan has approached the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for help obtaining a two megawatt experimental technological research reactor for nuclear engineering students at the Science and Technology University.

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