Two bids to build Jordan nuclear plant shortlisted
AMMONNEWS - The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has announced that it has shortlisted two offers presented by Russian Atomstroyexport and a French-Japanese consortia to build the Kingdom's nuclear reactor.
In a press statement on Sunday, the commission said it has completed evaluation of the viable technology options, with a decision to continue discussions with the best two qualified suppliers, Russian Atomstroyexport and French-Japanese consortium ATMEA.
During the last two years, the commission conducted a thorough systematic evaluation of three technologies with the objective to select the most appropriate technology for implementation in Jordan, the commission said, affirming that the evaluation took into account the highest safety requirements, including lessons from the Fukushima event.
The commission's in-depth review and evaluation of the technologies of the two Russian and Japanese-French concsortia concluded that those technologies are the best in meeting requirements and needs of Jordan.
The JAEC noted that Jordan has been facing tremendous energy supply challenges, which triggered a program to investigate the feasibility of diversifying its energy supplies through the introduction of nuclear power.
The commission will continue discussions with the best two qualified suppliers to resolve certain outstanding technical issues, including the site selection process.
Chairman of the JAEC Khaled Touqan commented on the outcome saying "while there remains significant work yet to be done with respect the project, JAEC is proud of the progress made thus far, which marks a significant milestone for ... Jordan in its pursuit of a safe, secure, reliable and economically competitive enegy source."