NuScale and JAEC sign MoU to explore SMR deployment in Jordan

17 January 2019 (Last Updated January 17th, 2019 11:48)

Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the use of NuScale’s small module reactor (SMR) nuclear power plant in Jordan.

Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the use of NuScale’s small module reactor (SMR) nuclear power plant in Jordan.

Under the MoU, NuScale and JAEC will conduct a joint feasibility evaluation of NuScale’s SMR.

This will provide JAEC with insights on whether to go ahead with the project as part of Jordan’s planned deployment of nuclear power plants.

NuScale Power chairman and CEO John Hopkins said: “As Jordan considers its energy future, I’m confident that the unmatched resiliency and safety features of NuScale’s SMR technology make us the ideal partner on the kingdom’s nuclear power goals.

“We look forward to using the agreement to showcase our SMR’s unique capabilities, cost benefits, and flexibility, all which demonstrate what a game-changer this technology will be for Jordan.”

“I’m confident that the unmatched resiliency and safety features of NuScale’s SMR technology make us the ideal partner on the kingdom’s nuclear power goals.”

NuScale claims that its SMR nuclear power plant has been designed to suit a wide range of conventional and unique electrical and thermal applications.

JAEC chairman Dr Khaled Toukan said: “NuScale is at the forefront of US SMR Technology. We look forward to this collaboration to assess the viability and potential for deployment of NuScale SMR Technology in Jordan.”

Headquartered in Amman, JAEC was established in place of the Jordan Nuclear Energy Commission and aims to promote and develop peaceful utilisation of atomic energy.

JAEC was involved in the implementation of projects such as the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR), which was the country’s first nuclear reactor.

Currently, JAEC is engaged in the uranium mining in Jordan. The development and implementation of the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) that features SMRs.