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Russia to build nuclear power plant in Jordan


Russia will build a nuclear power plant in Jordan, Rosatom said on Monday, referring to the agreement between the two countries.

The plant to be built in Jordan’s Zarqa province will have two units with a combined capacity of 2,000 megawatts.

Rosatom won the tender for the construction of the nuclear power plant in Jordan in October 2013. This will be the largest joint project in the history of relations between the two countries, with investments estimated at $10 billion.

Dzhomart Aliev, CEO of Rusatom Overseas, and Khaled Toukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, signed the Project Development Agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant in the province of Zarqa in Central Jordan.

The document sets obligations of the parties for the first stage of the two-unit nuclear power plant construction project with a total capacity of 2,000 MW. The project phase that has now started will result in a contract for nuclear power plant construction that is planned to be signed in 1.5-2 years.

“Since the government of Jordan has made the NPP construction project open to investors from other countries, we are aslo ready to participate as investors not only as an engineering company,” Rosatom Head Sergei Kiriyenko said.

But Russia is not seeking controlling interest which should remain in the hands of the Jordanian government, he added.

Now that the Project Development Agreement has been signed, the sides have to choose the site for the nuclear power plant before signing an inter-governmental agreement.

Preliminarily, Jordan named an area 25 km from Aqaba, the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan’s only coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea.

To build the power plant, the two countries may set up a joint venture where Jordan will have 51% and Rosatom /or one of its companies/ 49%.

The nuclear power plant will not only meet Jordan’s electricity needs but will also allow it to export electricity to other countries such as Syria and Iraq.

The tender for turn-key construction of a nuclear power plant in Jordan was announced in January 2011. In November 2013, Rosatom was named the best bidder. Also competing was the Japanese-French consortium Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - Areva.


Source:  ITAR-TASS