AREVA keen to sell untested ATMEA 1 nuclear reactor to Jordan
France stands by Jordan’s nuclear programme’ | Jordan Times, By Taylor Luck, 13 July 2010, AMMAN – France supports Jordan’s right to enrich uranium as outlined in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the top French diplomat in Amman said on Tuesday.During a press meeting yesterday to mark Bastille Day, observed on July 14, French Ambassador in Amman Corinne Breuzژ said France respects Jordan’s right to civilian nuclear energy as outlined in various international treaties and conventions……
France, which has signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with the Kingdom, is assisting Jordan’s nuclear power programme in several areas, Breuzژ pointed out.
The envoy referred to French Prime Minister Francois Fillon’s visit to the Kingdom in February, which culminated in the signing of a uranium mining agreement paving the way for an open-pit uranium mine to be constructed in the central region by French firm AREVA and the Jordanian-French Uranium Mining Company.
The firm is operating within a 1,400-square-kilometre concession area in the central region, encompassing Swaqa, Khan Azzabib, Wadi Maghar and Attarat, and is expected to commence uranium mining as early as 2012.
Breuzژ also highlighted the nuclear technology being offered by AREVA and Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which the government has short-listed among three technologies under consideration for its first nuclear power plant.
The ambassador referred to the ATMEA 1, a 1,000-1,100 megawatt (MW) plant Generation III+ reactor, as a “competitive technology”…………..
The French embassy in Amman has organised seminars on nuclear power financing as well as nuclear safety and security with international experts and local officials in the capital, she pointed out.
France will also assist Jordan in establishing a centre of excellence as announced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy in Paris in March.
The facility will be the first centre of excellence in a global network France plans to establish with the Paris-based International Institute of Nuclear Energy at its epicentre.
Seven students from the University of Jordan, the Jordan University of Science and Technology and Balqaa Applied University have received scholarships to pursue master’s degrees in nuclear sciences at French colleges and institutes………..ATMEA1 was among three technologies short-listed by the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) last month, along with Canadian AECL’s Enhanced CANDU 6 reactor, and the AES-92 VVER-1000 reactor by Russian firm AtomStroyExport. The 1,000-1,150MW model reactor, which incorporates technology from AREVA’s Evolutionary Power Reactor and Mitsubishi’s Advanced Pressurised Water Reactor, has yet to be built or brought online anywhere in the world. Last month, Japan and Jordan agreed to a draft nuclear cooperation agreement, the approval and ratification of which is a prerequisite for Jordan to import the French-Japanese technology.
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