Nuclear research reactor to be built in Jordan

JordanJAEC is in the process of licensing the reactor that will be operational by 2016. (Image source: arabiangazette.com) The Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute will collaborate with Daewoo on the construction of a 5MW nuclear research reactor in Ramtha, Jordan

The facility, on which construction will begin in December 2012, will be located at the Jordan University of Science and Technology and will serve as a training ground for aspiring nuclear engineers and physicists.

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) is currently in the process of licencing the US$130 million reactor, which it hopes will be fully operational by 2016.

According to the JAEC, training future nuclear experts is essential for Jordon's energy programme, with the kingdom’s first nuclear power plant scheduled for completion by 2020.

The research facility is one of several steps Jordan has taken as it aims to establish itself as a nuclear training and research hub.

Jordan currently imports 98 per cent of its energy needs at a cost of 25 per cent of its GDP, which it hopes to reduce by turning to alternative fuel options such as nuclear power. 

 

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