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Nuclear-powered electricity, water desalination expected next decade —official

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Jordan is expected to start producing power , water desalination, and hydrogen production using nuclear energy is expected to start at the beginning of the next decade, according to an official. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Power generation, water desalination, and hydrogen production using nuclear energy is expected to start at the beginning of the next decade, said Khalid Toukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC).اضافة اعلان

Toukan made the remarks during a symposium on Wednesday, under the title "Achievements of the Jordan's Nuclear Program," saying that the commission is mulling the designs of fourth generation small modular nuclear reactors to be used for these purposes, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

A site sits near the city of Aqaba and was chosen by the JAEC, he said, noting that the commission is cooperating with the Ministry of Water to study the economic feasibility of water desalination using small modular reactors.

The Jordan Research and Training Reactor at the Jordan University for Science and Technology is the only of its kind in the Levant and has been operating since 2017, the JAEC chairman said, pointing out that the compound houses a nuclear reactor, a training and educational center, and facilities for manufacturing and producing radioisotopes. It also includes 11 hot cells and a special facility for the treatment of low and medium radioactive waste.

He also underscored that the reactor produces 3,293 shipments of radioactive iodine, which are used to treat cancer patients in Jordan, adding that work is underway to develop the production of Holmium and Technetium for nuclear medicine purposes.

Toukan said that around JD114 million were invested in the nuclear project, of that, JD52 million was paid for by the government, and the remaining amount was covered by a 30-year soft loan from South Korea with a 10-year grace period and an interest rate of 2 percent.