Jordan signs deal for first nuclear power plant

In January 2007, King Abdullah II announced his intention to develop a peaceful nuclear program, a plan that has US backing.

September 13, 2009 09:57
Jordan signs deal for first nuclear power plant

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Jordan signed a $12 million deal Saturday with a Belgium-based company as it pushes forward with a plan to build the first nuclear power plant for the oil-barren desert kingdom. The head of Jordan's Atomic Energy Commission, Khaled Toukan, signed the deal in Amman with Georges Cornet, the head of Tractebel Engineering, a French-Belgian company. Toukan said the company would first carry out a two-year environmental impact study to determine whether the planned location - a desert area near the Saudi border about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of the Red Sea port of Aqaba - is in fact the best location for protecting "both public health and the environment." In January 2007, the country's ruler, King Abdullah II, announced his intention to develop a peaceful nuclear program, a plan that has US backing. Toukan's commission has estimated that nuclear energy would constitute 30 percent of the energy produced in Jordan by 2030 and would convert the kingdom into an energy exporter. Jordan has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and has long called for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.

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