Jordan selects preferred bidders for first nuclear plant

06 Jul 2011

(MENAFN) Jordan selected Russia’s Atomstroyexport, Canada’s AECL, Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and France’s Areva as favored bidders for the first phase in a plan to produce nuclear energy by 2020, reported The National.

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission plans to evaluate the offers starting in July, and will decide on a contractor in October for the first reactor, Dr Abdulhalim Wreikat, a commissioner said. The reactor is estimated to cost USD4 billion to USD5 billion.

The Commission will request that the contractors improve the safety of the reactors after the March meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima power plant, Wreikat said.

Jordan already contracted Areva, which is 87 percent owned by the French government, to mine uranium for the civil nuclear program.

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