French nuclear company Areva is to supply fuel elements for a research reactor in Jordan.

The Jordan Research and Training Reactor is being built by Korean companies Kaeri and Daewoo and is seen as an essential step for Jordan to acquire nuclear R&D knowledge and, ultimately, the capabilities to produce its own atomic energy.

Areva will supply nuclear fuel for the first reactor core and for a reload batch. Delivery of the fuel elements is scheduled for the beginning of 2015.

The thermal power of the reactor will be 5 MW, which can be extended to 10 MW in the future. It will be used for neutron beam research, neutron irradiation services such as medical radioisotope production, and training of Jordanian engineers and scientists.