Middle East

Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC)

NuScale and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) are collaborating to conduct a joint feasibility assessment of NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR), which will inform JAEC’s efforts to deploy nuclear power plants across Jordan. JAEC is the government entity that both manages the nuclear program and leads the development and implementation of nuclear strategy in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. With NuScale already at the forefront of SMR technology in the United States, this project will showcase the unique capabilities, cost benefits, and flexibility of our SMR technology for Jordan, as well as for other countries across the world where fossil fuel is the current course of heat and electricity.

Desalination plant

This cooperation also has the potential to support Jordan’s clean water needs in the face of a changing climate. The NuScale SMR plant design is especially well suited for the co-generation of electricity and potable water, since modules can be designated to different functions. To illustrate:

  • A NuScale 8-module plant, coupled with a reverse osmosis desalination plant, can have one module designated to produce 60 million gallons of desalinated water per day while the remaining modules cost-competitively produce ~400 MWe to the grid. That’s enough carbon-free energy to power a city of about 360,000 people.
  • A 12-module NuScale plant could provide all the water for a city the size of Cape Town, South Africa (a water-scarce city with a population of about 4.0 million).

The enhanced safety, improved affordability, and deployment flexibilities of the NuScale power plant provide a cost-effective approach to expanding carbon-free desalination capacity in regions of the world, such as Jordan, where fossil fuel is the current source of heat and electricity for this process. To learn more about the water-related features of the NuScale power plant, please visit the following pages:

Clean Energy for Clean Water

Water-Efficient Features