Jordan plans nuclear plant for seawater desalination

Jordan plans nuclear plant for seawater desalination
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AMMAN — Dr. Khaled Toukan, President of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission unveiled new details regarding the country’s plan to establish a nuclear power plant dedicated to desalinating seawater and generating electricity. اضافة اعلان

Toukan explained that the construction of the plant hinges on government approval and securing financing. The proposed location for the plant is in the northeastern region of the Aqaba Governorate, Ammon News reported.

He elaborated on the cost of each unit in the proposed plant, which is estimated to be around $750 million with a capacity of 100 megawatts. The advantage of the smaller unit is its quicker completion time, projected to take no more than four years once all necessary approvals and funding are obtained. In contrast, larger units typically require eight years to be fully operational.

A plan that would result in long-lasting savings
He anticipated that the plant would result in long-lasting savings, lasting between 60 to 80 years, without specifying the expected costs involved. He emphasized that the project would not impose significant expenses on the country in terms of water consumption, as cooling could be achieved using gas.

Addressing concerns about the project's safety, Toukan referred to the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian conflict, which has reignited discussions on nuclear plant safety. However, he assured that the plant would be built in accordance with international standards that cannot be surpassed. Notably, the safety levels of small-sized nuclear plants, like the one proposed for Jordan, are higher than those of larger plants.

Meanwhile, he announced plans to construct a compact gas-cooled nuclear power plant for the joint production of electricity and seawater desalination. The proposal includes an examination of the utilization of a desalination plant employing reverse osmosis technology.

Additionally, the economic feasibility study conducted by the commission will be reviewed to estimate the costs associated with desalination and the transportation of water from the Gulf of Aqaba to Amman.

He emphasized that the studies have confirmed the viability of seawater desalination as a solution to address water scarcity, utilizing small, integrated, safe, and environmentally clean nuclear power plants. Such an initiative would enhance energy security and contribute to carbon neutrality goals.

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