Nuclear studies begin in Jordan

14 October 2009

[The Jordan Times, 14 October] A feasibility study is underway towards building a nuclear power plant near Aqaba, Jordan. For three months, Belgium's Tractebel will work on the suitability of a plot of land 20 kilometres from Aqaba and about 12 kilometres from the Red Sea. If the site, said to be 450 metres above sea level, is considered suitable then environmental and geophysical studies taking 18 months will begin. Finding candidate areas in Jordan has been difficult due to the country's arid nature, with places in Eastern Badia and the north of the country already ruled out.