Jordan seeks Russian help to go nuclear

Talks in progress with Rosatom to build twin 1,000 MW reactors by 2021

Jordan aims to build two 1,000MW nuclear power plants by 2021.
Jordan aims to build two 1,000MW nuclear power plants by 2021.

Jordan is moving closer to securing Russian assistance to build the country’s first nuclear reactors as it aims to meet its rising energy demands, Jordan Times reports.

After eight rounds of talks with Russia's Rosatom, the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has just two more issues to be resolved with the company prior to the signing of two agreements on the construction of the reactors, according to its JAEC chairman Khaled Toukan.

One agreement will be between the governments of the two countries, while the second will be a project development agreement that specifies the details of the project, including its financing and other related issues, Toukan said on a talk show aired by Jordan Television.

Jordan recently selected Russia's Rosatom as the preferred vendor to construct twin 1,000-megawatt (MW) reactors by 2021.

The value of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the two 1,000MW power plants will be $10bn (JOD 7.1bn).

Jordan will cover 50.1% of the EPC contract, while Rosatom will cover 49.9% as investor and operator of the nuclear plants.

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