The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission has awarded Australia’s WorleyParsons an $11m contract to carry out the feasibility study on the country’s first nuclear power plant.

The company will carry out pre-construction work and advise the commission on the choice of nuclear technology for the project. The commission will select between various generation 3 reactors supplied by France’s Areva, Korea Electric Power Corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada and Russia’s Rosatom.

Belgium’s Tractebel is already carrying out a site study for the project near Aqaba. The company won this contract in September.

Separately, WorleyParsons is advising the Egyptian government on its nuclear power programme. The country’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority awarded the contract to the Australian firm in May.