IAEA reviews Jordan's nuclear infrastructure development

From left: Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mohammad Hamed, INIR Mission Team Leader J.K. Park, and Anne Starz, IAEA Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section, at the opening meeting of the Mission, Amman, 4 August 2014.

2014-08-04│ An Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, invited by the Government of Jordan, has begun its work today in Amman. The two week mission from 4 to 14 August will review Jordan's progress in developing a national infrastructure for the country's new nuclear power programme.

The INIR Mission team is led by Jong Kyun Park, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Power, and consists of 12 experts including IAEA staff from the Departments of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Safety and Security, Safeguards, Technical Cooperation as well as the Office of Legal Affairs, and international experts with senior experience in nuclear utilities and regulatory bodies.

The mission team will be working closely with national counterparts from all organizations involved in building the national nuclear infrastructure. It will review the development status of the 19 infrastructure issues as defined in the Agency’s guidance publication 'Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power'.

“We will share experiences from other countries and make recommendations and suggestions to help Jordan progress,” said Mr Park. “We will present our preliminary findings to the Government of Jordan at the end of our mission”. The final report of the mission will be presented to the Government in about three months after the review.

Jordan was the first country to invite an INIR mission in 2009 and the first one to invite a follow-up mission in 2012. Other countries interested in or embarking on a nuclear power programme that have so far benefited from this service include Bangladesh, Belarus, Indonesia, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Viet Nam. In 2013, South Africa hosted the first INIR mission to an operating country considering expanding its nuclear power programme.

The IAEA assists Jordan in establishing a safe, responsible and sustainable nuclear power programme. The country has also hosted an IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission in June 2014 that reviewed the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in Jordan.

Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review

Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review missions provide IAEA Member State representatives with an opportunity to have in-depth discussions with international experts about experiences and best practices in different countries. In developing its recommendations, the INIR team takes into account the comments made by the relevant national organizations. Implementation of any of the recommendations is at the discretion of the Member State requesting the mission. The results of the INIR mission are expected to help the Member State to develop an action plan to fill any gaps, which in turn will help the development of the national nuclear infrastructure.

Related Resources

INIR: Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Missions; Guidance on Preparing and Conducting INIR Missions (Rev. 1, 2011)

Enhancing IAEA Assistance for Jordan's Nuclear Power Programme, 7 February 2013

Jordan Receives Follow-up Mission to INIR, 10 April 2012

Assessing Readiness for Nuclear: IAEA Review Mission Marks Jordan´s Progress on Nuclear Path, 7 August 2009