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Jordan agrees to buy little nuclear reactors from Rolls-Royce


British engineer Rolls-Royce is to begin a feasibility study for the production of small modular reactors (SMRs) for the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding at the British embassy in Paris on Thursday.

Harry Holt, the president of Rolls-Royce’s nuclear division, said: “With demand for global energy set to rise due to new technologies such as electric cars and increasing requirements for water desalination and district cooling, international interest in Rolls-Royce’s SMR technology is growing. It represents an important British export opportunity.”

Rolls-Royce estimates that the global SMR market will be worth between £250bn and £400bn by 2035.

Khaled Toukan, the chairman of the JAEC, said: “SMRs offer unique opportunities to address many of the challenges confronting Jordan, in particular water scarcity and small grid size, through the introduction of nuclear in the country as part of the energy mix.”

Jordan depends on foreign oil and gas for 96% of its energy. This dependence, which consumes a significant amount of its national income, has led it to plan investments of $15bn in renewable and nuclear energy.

The two sides will now work together to define the technical, safety, economic and financial requirements for constructing a Rolls-Royce SMR power station in Jordan for generation and desalination, after which the JAEC will decide if and when it will move to the project delivery phase…. more PR drivel on link;


November 14, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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