Jordan on Monday selected a Russian company as a preferred bidder to build the country's first nuclear reactor which is hoped to deliver 12 percent of the Kingdom's needs of energy by 2020.
Rosatom Nuclear Energy State Corporation will build Jordan's first nuclear power plant in Amra region, 60 kilometers, east of the eastern Zarqa city, chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, Khaled Toukan, announced.
Under the offer by the Russian company, Toukan said, "AtomStroyExport", will be the supplier of the nuclear technology, under which the 1,000-megwatt reactor will be built, and Rusatom Overseas will be a strategic partner and operator of the plant.
Toukan added that the Russian side will contribute in 49 percent of the project's cost while the Jordanian government will contribute in 51 percent. However, Toukan said financing options of the project remain open and could be established under a Build-Own-Operate agreement.
The official told a joint press conference with the ministers of energy and the media affairs, that the Russian company required the Jordanian side to make available a permanent source for water needed to cool the reactor.
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