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Jordanian Regulatory Commission Hones Its Nuclear Safety Assessment Skills

Press Conference, Amman, Jordan

A 30 June 2013 Press Conference in Amman marked the completion of an IAEA project to help Jordan develop nuclear safety assessment tools. (From left to right) Tamer Kasht, Director of International Cooperation, Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Peter Hughes, Head of the IAEA's Safety Assessment Section; Peter Wells, Technical Programme Manager, IAEA Safety Assessment Section; and Omar Abu-Eid, Programme Manager, Delegation of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has completed a project to enhance Jordan's ability to conduct nuclear safety assessments. The project relates to Jordan's consideration of developing a nuclear power programme.

The Safety Assessment Education and Training Programme for the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) began in September 2012 to help boost JNRC's capacity to perform independent safety case reviews to help inform decisions to be taken by the country regarding the introduction of nuclear power. The European Union provided approximately € 250 000 to fund the project.

"The Kingdom of Jordan is developing a programme to build nuclear reactors for power generation, requiring us to train local manpower in nuclear related fields," said Dr. Majd Hawwari, Director General of the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC). "The Safety Assessment Education and Training Programme, supported by the IAEA's Global Safety Assessment Network, provided an important opportunity for JNRC staff to enhance their capabilities as well as to increase their competencies for conducting reviews of safety documents in support of licensing nuclear installations."

The project included more than a dozen workshops in which IAEA nuclear safety experts provided training on Deterministic Safety Analysis, Probabilistic Safety Assessment, and review/evaluation of Safety Analysis Reports, among other topics.

"Embarking on a nuclear energy programme requires nations to address a wide variety of safety issues that extend over very long time periods," said Peter Hughes, Head of the IAEA's Safety Assessment Section, at a 30 June 2013 press conference in Amman, Jordan. "Jordan has shown excellent determination to understand and address these issues before it makes a decision on whether to build nuclear power reactors."

The project was conducted under the auspices of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum. The Regulatory Cooperation Forum was created in 2010 to assist in the development of effectively independent and robust nuclear safety regulatory bodies, through international collaboration and cooperation. The IAEA acts as the Secretariat to the Regulatory Cooperation Forum.


-- By Greg Webb, IAEA Division of Public Information

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