Jordan: King stresses importance of nuclear energy development
Jordan's King Abdullah II affirmed the importance of accelerating the implementation of a nuclear energy program of Jordan. According to the monarch, energy is one of the most important challenges that Jordan is facing, therefore, thinking on alternatives and radical solutions became a must for the long term scale.
Chairing a meeting of the Higher Committee for Nuclear Strategy on Sunday, the King pointed to the importance of providing alternative sources of energy and to develop local traditional and renewable sources of energy to reduce the Jordan’s energy imports.
In the presence of Prime Minister, Chairman of the Committee, Marouf Bakhit, Director of King’s Office Bassem Awadallah, Abdullah was briefed by the Vice Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khalid Touqan on the steps of implementing the nuclear energy program of Jordan.
According to Petra, the briefing noted that the Commission assessed the option of nuclear power generation in light of the natural sources and nuclear materials which are available in Jordan. It said that the nuclear energy will form 30% of total energy generated in Jordan by the end of the third decade of this century.
According to Touqan, the strategic vision for the energy sector aims to make Jordan into an exporting country for energy by 2030 and to provide energy at low cost to industries and the service sector.