02 May 2012
Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has completed its evaluation to select a technology in order to build the first nuclear reactor in Jordan. JAEC has conducted, since the last two years, a methodical scrutiny of three technologies regarding nuclear power plant technology.
The evaluation has been performed with the objective of selecting the most appropriate technology fitting best Jordan needs and most appropriately ensuring the highest possible safety levels.
It concluded that ATMEA1 technology, developed by the French-Japanese team, made up of AREVA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and their 50/50 joint-venture ATMEA, is well fitting Jordan needs and requirements both in technical and economical terms. This decision represents a significant milestone in the technological development of ATMEA1, a new world-class model of 1100 MWe nuclear power reactor.
However, JAEC also decided to continue discussions, during the next phase of its evaluation, with two qualified bidders, including AREVA-MHI-ATMEA. During that phase some outstanding topics will be reviewed in more detail and specific information from selected site and from operating company will be integrated.
This is a key achievement made by JAEC in the process of providing Jordan with a competitive and stable source of energy, allowing the Kingdom to enter into a new phase of its development.