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Jordan in ‘Advanced’ Talks With China for $1 Billion Reactor

  • Talks with China National Nuclear: Jordan’s Khaled Toukan
  • 220-megawatt nuclear reactor could start operating in 2025
First Small-Scale Nuclear Reactor May Be Just Eight Years Away
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The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission is in “advanced” talks with China National Nuclear Corp. to build the kingdom’s first nuclear reactor at a cost of $1 billion, according to the chairman of the Middle Eastern government agency.

An agreement on the proposed 220-megawatt reactor is planned to be signed next year, with operations to start in 2025, Chairman Khaled Toukan said Wednesday in an interview. Local banks have expressed interest to finance the plant, which will use helium for cooling, he said.