Jordan launches training program on nuclear, radiation safety

15:18, February 07, 2010      

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Jordan's Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on Saturday the launch of an EU-funded project to provide training for Jordanian staff in the field of nuclear and radiation safety.

Under the one million-euro project, which is financed by the European Commission, training programs will be offered to Jordanian personnel in the field of nuclear and radiation safety, a statement released by the commission indicated.

Jordanian personnel will also take part in local and international workshops held on the issue under the project.

The project will enable the commission to benefit from international expertise in drawing up legislation and monitoring systems in the field, Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission Director General Jamal Sharaf said in the statement.

Sharaf added that project, which will be implemented over two years, entails enhancing of monitoring of radioactive materials and focuses on implementing safety standards when implementing the country's peaceful nuclear program.

Jordan's peaceful nuclear program entails the creation of up to four nuclear reactors by 2040 with potential to provide 60 percent of the country's energy needs.

Last October, Jordan announced the launch of the site feasibility study for its first nuclear power plant.

The plant, located about 12 km to the east of the Aqaba coastline, is expected to initially generate 750 to 1,100 megawatts of electricity and is scheduled to be operational by 2020.

To proceed with the implementation of the program, the Arab kingdom has already signed nuclear cooperation agreements with Spain, France, China, South Korea, Canada, Russia, Britain and Argentina.

In the statement, Sharaf said the commission will host a meeting after two months for European entities that will implement the project in Jordan.

Source: Xinhua
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