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Jordan agrees to purchase small modular reactors from Rolls-Royce



The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has agreed to purchase small modular reactors (SMRs) from British engineering firm, Rolls-Royce. 

Jordan depends largely on foreign oil & gas for 96% of its energy. The dependence has encouraged the significant investment of $15bn in renewable and nuclear energy.

Rolls-Royce believes that its SMR design could produce electrical energy for as little as £60 per megawatt hour. Compared to a price of £57.50 for the UK’s latest offshore wind auctions.

Harry Holt, the president of Rolls-Royce’s nuclear division, said: 

“With demand for global energy set to rise due to new technologies such as electric cars and increasing requirements for water desalination and district cooling, international interest in Rolls-Royce’s SMR technology is growing. It represents an important British export opportunity.”

Rolls-Royce estimates that the global SMR market will be worth between £250bn and £400bn by 2035.

(Rolls Royce estimation of the SMR market in 2035. Image via of Rolls Royce.)

Khaled Toukan, Chairman of the JAEC, added: 

“SMRs offer unique opportunities to address many of the challenges confronting Jordan, in particular water scarcity and small grid size, through the introduction of nuclear in the country as part of the energy mix.”

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