Jordan’s Energy Ministry has accepted final bids for the construction of its first nuclear reactor from Atomstroy Export, AECL and a consortium of Areva and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission said the plan is to construct a 1000 MW Generation III reactor by the end of the decade.

A ministerial committee will begin reviewing the bids in mid-July, and will announce the results in December.

The vendors were requested to factor the Fukushima incident in their bid documents and detail how their reactors would withstand an 8.9 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale.

The reactor will be constructed in the Balamaa/Majdal area, around 40 km northeast of Amman.

Critics of the scheme claim that a shortage of water at the site will be a problem. The site will use water from the Khirbet Al Samra wastewater treatment plant for cooling water.

In 2010, energy imports amounted to 20 per cent of Jordan’s GDP.

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