Jordan’s Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) chairman Khalid Tuqan says the agency will sign an agreement with Russia’s state nuclear energy firm Rosatom next month, to begin studies for the first of two 1GW nuclear power stations. JAEC is aiming to start up the first plant in 2022 at one of three proposed sites in the Amra region east of ‘Amman.

Following a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials, Mr Tuqan said Jordan’s cabinet has approved Rosatom studies valued at JD46mn ($65mn). These will cover environmental impacts, reactor cooling options and project economics. (CONTINUED - 500 WORDS)