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Jordan Intends To Use Water From Red-Dead Sea Project To Cool Down Nuclear Plants

EBR Staff Writer Published 26 May 2009

Jordan intends to use water from Red Sea-Dead Sea project to cool down its nuclear plants, as reported by The Jordan Times. Under an agreement signed on May 25, 2009, between Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and Jordan Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the Red-Dead project will supply with 400 million cubic meters of desalinated water to the nation’s four nuclear plants, which are to be constructed in 30 to 35 years.

JAEC said that Jordan plans to construct four nuclear plants in the southern region. Two will be built in the Red Sea port Aqaba by 2025 while the other two will be constructed near Karak and the southern shores of the Dead Sea.

Khaled Toukan, JAEC chairman, said that as per the agreement, the first phase of the Red-Dead project will supply the first nuclear plant in Wadi Wahed in Aqaba that is projected to generate 1,000 megawatt electricity, with 100 million cubic meters of desalinated water per annum.

According to Toukan, in 2025 the JAEC will set up a second nuclear plant in Aqaba, which will be supplied with 200 million cubic meters of water from the Red-Dead project, while after 2025 when the Red-Dead project's conveyor is estimated to be in place, additionally two nuclear plants will be established.

The Red-Dead canal project is part of international efforts to produce much-needed water and save the Dead Sea, which has been shrinking at the rate of one meter annually.

During the past 20 years, the Dead Sea has plunged more than 30 meters, with experts warning that it could dry up within the next 50 years.