Jordan Picks Rosatom to Provide First Nuclear Plant via Nuclear Street

On Monday, Jordan announced that Russia’s Rosatom will build and operate a 1,000 megawatt reactor near Amman.

Jordan has deliberated plans for a nuclear plant since 2007, according to the World Nuclear Association, at various times considering reactors from Korea Electric Power Co., Areva, Atmea and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. In 2009 the country hired WorleyParsons for $11.3 million to conduct pre-construction work, help set up a new utility and evaluate bids for the reactor.

Jordan’s Petra news service reported that Jordanian regulators chose Rosatom subsidiary Atomstroyexport to supply the reactor and Rusatom Overseas to operate it. Plans call for the plant east of Zarqa to be online by 2020 and to generate 12 percent of the country’s power.

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