Kingdom needs small reactors for electricity, water

Khaled Toukan
Chairman of the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Khaled Toukan. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Chairman of the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Khaled Toukan stressed on Sunday the need for Jordan to preserve its right to enrich uranium at low levels for use as future fuel for nuclear power plants, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Toukan made the remarks during a workshop titled “Nuclear Energy in Jordan, Reality and Challenges”, held by Prince Hassan Bin Talal College of Natural Resources and Environment at the Hashemite University.

The event was in cooperation with JAEC to discuss the achievements of the Jordan nuclear project, especially in building national scientific and technical capabilities, criteria for selecting nuclear plants, and various services provided by the commission in various sectors, especially the industrial and medical fields, and the uranium mining project.

Toukan said that the establishment of nuclear reactors using the technology of small compact reactors will contribute to the production of electricity and the desalination of water.

He stressed that developing human capital is the most significant factor in supporting the success of the Jordan nuclear program, which includes three major strategic projects: uranium exploration and mining, establishing a nuclear plant for research and training, and setting up water desalination and power plants.

Toukan highlighted studies related to the characteristics of the nuclear power plant site, electricity market, electrical network, and the station cooling system, which have been completed. He said that the authority continued to negotiate with other international providers of nuclear technology, such as China, South Korea, the UK, US, and Russia, to build nuclear power plants to generate electricity through small compact nuclear reactors.

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