The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has received financial bids to build the country’s first nuclear reactor.

The bidders are:

  • Atomstroyexport (Russia)
  • AECL (Canada)
  • Areva (France) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan)

Technical bids were submitted by the companies in June. JAEC is still evaluating the technical aspects of the bids. Those bids deemed technically capable will be assessed according to the financial bids. A developer is to be selected by the end of 2011.

In a separate project, Jordan is currently developing a 5MW test nuclear facility with Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and Daewoo Engineering & Construction, also from South Korea.

The projects are part of a broader strategy to diversify Jordan’s power generation mix. The country has signed knowledge-sharing agreements with Turkey, Spain, Argentina, Canada, China, France, Russia, South Korea and the UK.