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Video: Rolls-Royce and Jordan See Role for SMRs

10 November 2017

The construction of a small modular reactor (SMR) in Jordan is the focus of a technical feasibility study involving Rolls-Royce and state-owned Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC).

The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to define the technical, safety, economic and financial Illustration of a small modular reactor. Source: Rolls-RoyceIllustration of a small modular reactor. Source: Rolls-Roycerequirements for constructing a Rolls-Royce SMR power station in Jordan for electricity generation and water desalination. The findings are expected to inform an investment decision by JAEC to move forward to project delivery phase.

“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,” said JAEC Chairman Dr. Khaled Toukan.

Rolls-Royce is also leading a consortium of British companies to design an SMR power station to deliver low cost, low carbon energy to help the UK meet its carbon commitments. The initiative could produce reliable energy for as low as £60 ($79 U.S.) per megawatt hour — competitive against wind and solar — and through its innovative approach to modular construction, can avoid the complexities, delays and overspends often associated with large infrastructure projects.

To contact the author of this article, email sue.himmelstein@ieeeglobalspec.com

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