Jordan’s nuclear programme a strategic future energy option – PM

By NNN-Petra,

Amman : Prime Minister Nader Dahabi has said that Jordan pays enormous attention to carry out a Jordanian nuclear programme for peaceful purposes as a strategic future energy option.

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“This project is vital and will have a positive impact on different economic sectors in the Kingdom,” Dahabi pointed out.

Dahabi, during a meeting Tuesday with visiting deputy executive director of the French nuclear company “Areva” Jean-Jacques Gautrot said that Jordan’s resolve to invest in constructing a nuclear plant shall conform with relevant modern technology in this crucial field and ensure criteria of nuclear safety.

The premier underlined the dire need to forge a comprehensive outlook governing cooperation between Jordan’s Nuclear Energy Commission (JNEC) and Areva in fields of extricating and mining uranium and training Jordanian nuclear cadre.

Chairman of JNEC Khaled Touqan told “Petra” talks highlighted the necessity to follow up ongoing work on exploring uranium in central areas of Jordan, which has embarked on the targeted sites and carried out by Areva.

“Construction of a 1100-megawatt nuclear plant during the coming eight years has also been stressed.

“Jordan has launched appropriate preparations for the 2009-2010 work plan to pave way for this key venture,” Touqan said.