Construction of Jordan’s first nuclear reactor to go ahead

28 August 2013

A new nuclear energy industry in Jordan may be on the cards after a license to build the country’s first reactor was issued by the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission following two years of delays.

The regulators awarded the license after a series of technical and legal delays, and safety assessments.

Jordan’s first nuclear reactor is expected to be operational in 2016 (Ibrahim Owais/Wikimedia Commons)

A South Korean consortium made up of the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute and Daewoo Engineering & Construction will build the five-megawatt reactor at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid.

The $130m reactor will be used as a training facility for engineers and technicians.

Construction of the facility is scheduled for early 2014 and is expected to be operational by 2016.

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