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Russia and Jordan signed Project Development Agreement on Nuclear Power Plant Construction

22.09.2014 18:03  |   Press Service of Rusatom Overseas

22 September 2014, Vienna. – Today, at the ongoing IAEA session Dzhomart Aliev, CEO of Rusatom Overseas, and Khaled Toukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, signed Project Development Agreement on construction of a nuclear power plant in the province of Zarqa in Central Jordan.

The document sets obligations of the Parties for the first stage of the two-unit nuclear power plant construction project with total capacity of 2000 MW. The project phase that has now started will result in a contract for nuclear power plant construction that is planned to be signed in 1.5-2 years.

“The Agreement provides for design of the water cooling system, feasibility study, oversight of the site evaluation process, and environmental impact assessment. These activities have to be completed in the period of 24 up to 30 months and they are fully paid for by the Jordanian Government. Rusatom Overseas can participate in other studies as well, but these four [activities] can be carried out by Russian specialists only, because they possess the technology,” Khaled Toukan commented in regard to the agreement signing.

“It is not a separate preliminary stage; these are the works which must be carried out in any case when any nuclear power plant is built. I consider it a great achievement that the Russian and Jordanian specialists together have found a very good site to build the nuclear power plant which features low seismic impact and good geology. The Government of Jordan has managed to find a solution for the plant water supply. We have made analysis and can confirm that this is an absolutely feasible water supply solution,” said Sergey Kirienko, CEO of ROSATOM.

“Besides, the Government of Jordan has made a sound and up-to-date decision on financing of the plant by having made the plant open for investors, including those from other countries. We are also ready to participate as an investor, not only as an engineering company. But we do not seek the controlling stake; we stick to the fact that it is a Jordanian plant and it must be controlled by Jordan,” added Sergey Kirienko. 

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