JAEC holds regional workshop on nuclear safety, security

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Arab network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR), has organized a regional workshop on the interface between nuclear safety and security.


According to a JAEC statement on Tuesday, the workshop aimed to give participants a deeper understanding of nuclear safety and security through exchanging expertise and practices that meet the IAEA’s standards.


The JAEC Chairman Khaled Toukan said that Jordan had signed and ratified relevant international instruments that govern nuclear safety and security, which, he believes, are essential for the successful and sustainable use of nuclear power.


He gave a briefing on the achievements of the Jordanian nuclear program, which include an infrastructure of a 5 megawatts research atomic reactor, a 2.5 GeV third generation synchrotron light source, and the Jordanian uranium mining project working at full capacity.


The IAEA representative and expert in nuclear safety, Zia Hussain Shah, praised the Jordanian nuclear program and expertise in nuclear practices, adding that the IAEA intends to organize many regional workshops and events in Jordan.


For his part, ANNuR Coordinator Daw Mosbah said the Network was established to boost regulators’ infrastructures to protect against radiation and be efficient and internationally recognized as a forum for Arab regulators in light of the increasing use of nuclear power in Arab countries, particularly in medicine, industry, agriculture, electricity generation, water desalination, radioactive material transport, and disposal of radioactive waste.


The 4-day workshop (October 3-6) brought together 17 of some of the Arab state members at the IAEA: Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq, Oman, Libya, Mauritania, and Yemen, and included lectures and a visit to the Jordan Nuclear Research and Training Reactor.


Source: Jordan News Agency

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