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RusAtom studying feasibility plan to set up nuclear reactor in Jordan

AMMAN, May 23 (KUNA) -- Chairman of the Jordanian Nuclear Energy Commission (JNEC) Khaled Touqan Saturday said the Federal Agency for Atomic Energy (RusAtom) had applied to study the feasibility of a plan to set up a nuclear reactor in Jordan for research purposes.
Touqan told Petra that the Russian proposal was in the framework of a cooperation agreement signed between JNEC and RusAtom on Friday, pointing out that it was the fifth deal the Kingdom had sealed with world countries as part of its efforts to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Under the agreement, Jordanian students would receive scholarships to study nuclear and physics engineering at Russian universities and institutes.
Touqan expected that 10 students would receive scholarships to study in Russia during the next academic year.
Jordan had signed similar nuclear deals with France, China, South Korea and Canada.
The Kingdom imports 95 percent of its energy needs, and is considered as one of world's ten poorest countries in potable water resources. (end) ab.tg KUNA 232200 May 09NNNN