AMMAN �� Prime Minister Hani Mulki said Tuesday that Jordan is forging ahead with its nuclear energy programme and will simultaneously continue to develop renewable energy sources and shale oil for electricity generation.

Mulki said at a meeting with a delegation from the International Advisory Group (IAG), which is reviewing the Kingdom’s progress in building its civilian nuclear programme, that Jordan’s investment in nuclear energy technology will be through a partnership with the private sector and strategic global companies.

In the meeting, attended by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ibrahim Saif, and Jordan Atomic Energy Commission chairman, Khaled Toukan, the prime minister and the experts discussed progress made in the nuclear programme’s three projects: the discovery and mining of uranium and building a research and training nuclear reactor and a nuclear power plant.

Mulki said enhancing the exploitation of local resources to generate electricity and relying on solar and wind energy would diversify energy sources, increase their contribution to the total energy mix and achieve a secure supply of energy.

He said uranium exploration and mining, as a strategic national resource, would enhance the country’s mining industry and provide nuclear fuel to atomic plants in the Kingdom and the region as well.

The prime minister said that Jordan also has the advantage of being home to two advanced research facilities, the nuclear reactor for research and training and the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), a privilege that would turn the Kingdom into a regional education and training hub in the nuclear energy domain.

The nuclear energy experts said they will file a detailed report about their vision of the Jordanian atomic energy programme with answers to queries raised by the prime minister in today’s meeting.

Source: Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan