United States-based X Energy LLC, a reactor design and fuel fabrication company, said Wednesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kingdom of Jordan's Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) designed to assess X-energy's advanced nuclear reactor - the Xe-100 – and its potential for deployment in Jordan.
X-Energy Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kam Ghaffarian said he was "honored and excited about this MOU," calling the project "the very reason I founded X-Energy."
"Delivery of our Xe-100 for electricity, water desalination and other thermal applications in Jordan represents a breakthrough for the advanced nuclear reactor industry. The people of Jordan stand to benefit by using our technology," the founder said in a prepared release.
"This MOU is a demonstration of our commitment to provide distributed and clean energy solutions to countries like Jordan. The United States of America has always been a beacon of light for civil nuclear power innovation," he added.
X-energy is an advanced nuclear reactor design and TRISO-based fuel fabrication company. The Xe-100 is a 200MWt (76MWe) high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor in development requires less time to construct, uses factory-produced components, cannot melt down, and is "walk-away" safe without operator intervention, according to the release. In concert with Xe-100 design, X-energy is actively producing TRISO-based fuel forms and will implement pilot manufacturing capabilities starting in 2018. Reactor and fuel activities are supported by $40M in private investment and a five-year $53M U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Reactor Concept Cooperative Agreement award.
JAEC is a government entity of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan established under Law No. 42 in 2007, with the 2008 amendment empowering it to lead the development and implementation of nuclear strategy and to manage the nuclear program in the country.
JAEC directed the implementation of several key and notable projects in Jordan including the Sub-Critical Assembly, the exploration of Uranium in Central Jordan, and The Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR) - Jordan's first nuclear reactor. Current projects JAEC is managing include the Uranium Mining project in Central Jordan and the Nuclear Power Plant Projects under development including SMRs.
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