Rolls-Royce signs MoU with Jordan over small modular reactor

Harry Holt

Rolls-Royce has signed an MoU with state-owned Jordan Atomic Energy Commission to conduct a technical feasibility study about building a Small Modular Reactor in the country.

The signing took place at the British Embassy, Paris, between Alan Woods, Strategy and Business Development Director, Rolls-Royce and Dr. Kamal Araj, Vice Chairman, JAEC.

Harry Holt, President – Nuclear, Rolls-Royce, said: “We’re pleased to work with JAEC to look at the benefits that SMRs could deliver to Jordan.

“With demand for global energy set to rise due to new technologies such as electric cars and increasing requirements for water desalination and district cooling, international interest in Rolls-Royce small modular reactor technology is growing. It represents an important British export opportunity.”

Dr. Khaled Toukan, Chairman JAEC, said: “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.”

The two organisations will now work together to define the technical, safety, economic and financial requirements for constructing a Rolls-Royce SMR power station in Jordan for electricity generation and water desalination. The outcome of the feasibility study will be used to inform an investment decision by JAEC to move forward to project delivery phase.

Rolls-Royce is leading a consortium of British companies to design a small modular reactor power station to deliver low cost, low carbon energy to help the UK meet its carbon commitments. The Rolls-Royce-led UK SMR could produce reliable energy for as low as £60 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.