An IAEA´s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission concluded this week its visit to Jordan and found that the country has made significant progress in its preparation for nuclear power.
The mission also identified areas in which assistance from the IAEA and other international organizations will need to focus as Jordan builds the institutions that will implement its nuclear programme.
"The INIR mission is an opportunity to review the Jordanian programme and to identify areas to focus national efforts, IAEA technical cooperation and other international assistance," says Akira Omoto, Director of the IAEA´s Nuclear Power Division and team leader.
The INIR mission was carried out based on the evaluation methodology outlined in the publication Evaluation of the Status of a National Infrastructure Development, which developed from Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power, and other relevant publications. Prior to the INIS mission, Jordan completed a self-evaluation and sent it to the IAEA.
"Jordan benefitted from the self evaluation and INIR mission because it helped us identify issues and focus on future areas for assistance," said Dr. Kamal Araj, Vice Chairman of the Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission.
"It has helped us move forward toward our goals, and we plan to invite a follow-up INIR mission before we go out for bids."
Self-evaluation and international peer reviews re-enforce continual improvement in the planning process, identify gaps and focus resources, and build confidence in a country´s infrastructure development.
The INIR mission to Jordan was conducted by a team of IAEA staff, international experts and Jordanian officials.
Several countries have expressed an interest in hosting INIR missions in 2009 and early 2010.