3 Dec 2010 19:21

Rosatom awaits Jordanian nuclear plant tender results

ST. PETERSBURG. Dec 3 (Interfax) - Russia's state nuclear power corporation Rosatom reckons Jordan will decide sometime in the next few months who has won a tender to build the country's first nuclear power plant, Rosatom chief Sergei Kirienko told the press.

"I judge that in the near future [the tender results will be announced]. It could be and the very end of the year or in the first quarter of next year," Kirienko said. "They [the Jordanian authorities] are in the final stage [of the tender]," he said.

Jordan is looking to build its first nuclear power plant - with two generating blocks of approximately 1 gWt each - in the coming ten years. Three companies were considered as suppliers: Russia's CJSC Atomstroyexport, Canada's AECL, and France's Areva in partnership with Mitsubishi of Japan.

The country's authorities are prepared to give the reactor-technology supplier with up to half the capital in the future power plant in exchange for the investment. Two possible locations are now being considered for the facility.

Jordan is connected to the power grids of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. The country's plans call for linking up with Iraq's in the future. For now, Jordan is primarily an electricity importer, but figures to become an exporter by 2030.