Korea to Build Research Reactor in Jordan

      January 15, 2010 11:16

      A Korean consortium has won a contract from Jordan to build an atomic reactor for research and training purposes. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said that the consortium received a letter from the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission on Thursday saying it won the international open bid.

      The consortium consists of Daewoo Engineering and Construction, and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Unlike commercial reactors for power generation, research reactors are used to conduct scientific and engineering experiments and are also designed for isotope production for medical and industrial purposes.

      The contract will be signed in March, and the two sides agreed that construction will be approved within 18 months from the date when the contract is sealed. Operation will begin within 48 months. The 5-megawatt reactor will be built by 2014 at Jordan University for Sciences and Technology, 70 km north of the capital Amman.

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