Madrid and Amman sign nuclear co-operation accord

21 January 2010

Spain to assist Jordan with training and waste management

Jordan and Spain have signed a co-operation agreement on the peaceful use on nuclear energy.

The deal was signed on 20 January by Khaled Toukan, chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), and Silvia Iranzo Guitterez, Spain’s Secretary of State for Trade.

The agreement covers co-operation on training, the use of radiology in agriculture and industry, nuclear waste management and safety.

Jordan has already signed similar deals with Argentina, Canada, China, France, Russia, South Korea and the UK.

It has also signed memorandums of understanding, which are a precursor to a co-operation agreement, with Japan and the US.

In December, JAEC awarded a $173m contract to develop the country’s first nuclear research reactor to a team consisting of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and Daewoo Engineering & Construction, also South Korean.

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