Amman extends search for nuclear plant partner | Jordan Times
Les Jordaniens à la recherche d’une formule miracle pour financer la moitié de leur programme nucléaire. Le PPP appliqué au nucléaire. Bon courage ! Il faut mettre entre 2,5 et 5 Mds de dollars sur la table. Si GDF a cette trésorerie, où la prendront-ils, à votre avis ? Dans notre poche, I guess !
Amidst increased interest among international energy utilities in Jordan’s nuclear programme, energy officials are extending their search for a strategic investor to help build the country’s first nuclear reactor.
Energy officials have pushed back proposal deadlines to February to field further expressions of interest from international operators, according to Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Vice Chairman Kamal Araj.
While financing remains a challenge for the Kingdom’s nuclear ambitions, the stalling of several programmes across the world due to safety concerns in the aftermath of the Fukushima incident earlier this year has made the nuclear industry a “buyer’s market”, according to the JAEC.
“There is increased competition among vendors and utilities, and for countries pursuing peaceful nuclear energy such as Jordan, this is a positive development,” Araj said.
The Kingdom’s nuclear programme has attracted the interest of several major utilities, including French energy giant GDF Suez, China’s Datang International Power Generation Co., Russian Rosatom Corp. and Japanese Kansai Electric Power, according to the commission.
Under the JAEC’s proposal, the strategic investor would alleviate Jordan’s financial burden by providing up to half of the funding for the nuclear reactor, expected to be built by the end of the decade, with the government retaining a 26 to 51 per cent equity share in the power plant.