Jordan seeks nuclear deals with US, Russia, China

July 30th, 2008 - 1:59 pm ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
Amman, July 30 (RIA Novosti) Jordan has said it plans to sign nuclear cooperation deals with the US, Russia and China as part of its energy development programme. Amman, which is seeking to develop civilian nuclear energy, has already signed nuclear cooperation agreements with Canada and Britain, the country’s atomic energy commission chief Khaled Tukan said here Tuesday.

Jordan signed its first nuclear energy cooperation agreement with France at the end of May.

“By signing the agreements, Jordan is seeking to receive from these countries the technology to build a nuclear reactor for power generation,” Tukan said.

Jordan plans to have a nuclear power plant up and running within eight years. It will take about three years to prepare economic feasibility studies on the reactor project.

Tukan said the government was also negotiating with three international companies involved in uranium prospecting and development.

The talks are expected to yield a contract later this summer to explore uranium fields in central Jordan.
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