Jordan commissions Rosatom to build its first nuclear power plant

Nuclear Power towersJordan and Rosatom have signed a $10bn contract that will see the Russia state-owned nuclear firm construct a 2k MW nuclear power plant in the kingdom, Jordan’s first. The deal covers a feasibility study, a site evaluation process and an environmental impact assessment for a two-unit power plant at Amra in the north of the country.
 “The Russian technology we chose in a very competitive process suits Jordan’s needs in terms of power generation and the ability to produce electricity at very competitive prices,” Khaled Toukan, chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), told a news conference. Jordan imports nearly 98% of its energy in the form of oil products and crude, and is struggling to meet electricity demand which is growing by more than 7% annually due to a rising population and industrial expansion. Authorities hope that nuclear power will eventually provide almost 40% of the country’s total electricity generating capacity. The first unit at Amra is expected to be operational by 2022.