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Atomic Energy Commission to explore nuclear reactor construction in Aqaba

4. Nuclear Plants
The Jordan Atomic Energy plans to build a 190-megawatt nuclear power plant in Aqaba in the coming years. (Photo: MaxPixel)
AMMAN — The head of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, Khaled Toukan, said Saturday there are several proposed sites in Aqaba governorate to build small and medium-sized nuclear reactors to generate electricity and power water desalination plants, according to Al-Ghad.اضافة اعلان

During his participation in the 13th Amman Security Forum, he indicated that the beginning of 2030 will focus on building small nuclear reactors used for generating electricity, powering water desalination plants, and industrial purposes.

Toukan said that Jordan is the only Arab country in the Levant that runs a nuclear reactor with a capacity of 5 megawatts, stressing that it is solely a research reactor.

He said he expected that Jordan will reach an advanced level of uranium production, adding that one of the proposed sites for a nuclear plant is 60km from the Aqaba beach and will produce approximately 190 megawatts of power.

Toukan stressed that the Jordanian nuclear training program aims to produce 1.2 megawatts of energy for educational purposes, adding that the commission has sent 175 students to study nuclear sciences abroad. 

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