Jordan, Algeria explore cooperation in nuclear field

10:05, January 27, 2010      

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Jordanian and Algerian officials on Tuesday looked into cooperation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and the possibility of signing a nuclear cooperation between the two sides.

At a meeting between Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Chairman Khaled Toukan and Algerian Energy Minister Chakib Khelil, the two sides welcomed the idea of signing an agreement to cooperate in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes similar to agreements the Kingdom has already signed in this regard.

Jordan has already signed eight agreements for nuclear cooperation with Spain, France, China, South Korea, Canada, Russia, the UK and Argentina and has signed memoranda of understanding recently with the US and Japan as a first step to signing nuclear deals with these countries.

Jordan and Algeria also agreed Tuesday to exchange technical expertise in the field of exploration and mining of uranium and training of Jordanian personnel, JAEC said in a statement a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua.

Jordan is abundant in uranium reserves with an estimate of some 140,000 tons. It is also home to other nuclear materials such as zirconium and the country is expected to produce annually 2,000 tons of yellowcake and about 300 tons of phosphate as of 2013.

At the meeting, Toukan briefed Khelil, who chaired an official Algerian delegation, on Jordan's program for using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Jordan is planning to build up to four nuclear reactors by 2040 with potential to provide 60 percent of the country's energy needs.

Source: Xinhua
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