Jordan ventures into nuclear power

Jordan is venturing into the nuclear power sector and will open its first reactor by 2019. The country’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources announced that it will add 1,000MW […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Jordan is venturing into the nuclear power sector and will open its first reactor by 2019. The country’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources announced that it will add 1,000MW to the country’s electricity generation, according to reports.

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission is looking at bids from three firms for the construction of the reactor, which is set to be built 40 miles from the capital city of Amman, reported The Jordan Times.

Oil makes up almost 60% of Jordan’s energy supply, according to the International Energy Agency’s 2008 figures. Gas picks up most of the rest of its supply, while renewables only account for a tiny fraction.