Coal, Emissions, Nuclear

Jordan, US sign contract for nuclear storage facility

9 March 2009 – Jordan and The United States have signed a contract for the building and construction of a modern national Central Storage Facility (CSF) for radioactive waste at the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission in Amman.

The agreement between the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNL) was signed in Washington by Dr. Ned Xoubi, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Commissioner at JAEC, and Mr. Daniel Rutherford, contract Manager at PNL.

Under this contract agreement, the U.S. Department of Energy will provide the Jordanian energy commission with $370 000 for the building and construction of the advanced storage facility (CSF).

The project, which is expected to be completed later this year, will comprise approximately four thousands square feet of storage facility that will, in turn, host Jordan’s radioactive waste and nuclear sources in a safe and secure environment for the next five decades.

All radioactive waste will be managed, stored and monitored in strict accordance with the best international standards and the International Atomic and Energy Agency (IAEA) guidelines.

Commenting on the agreement, Prince Zeid Ra’ad, Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States stressed that identifying, consolidating, and securing radioactive sources in a “safe, secure environment is in the best interest of both Jordan and the United States.”

“We look forward to further cooperation between our two countries to continue to bring more equipment, training, and upgrades to the storage facility in Amman,” said Prince Zeid.

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) is the governmental body entrusted with the development and execution of the Jordanian nuclear power program, as well as the implementation of Jordan’s national nuclear strategy.

The national strategy aims to transform Jordan, which imports more than 95 per cent of its energy, into a net electricity exporter by developing a civilian nuclear power production capacity in accordance with IAEA safeguards and international standards.