AMMAN, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Jordan said Saturday it will select the technology for its first planned nuclear reactor in mid-May, the state-run Petra news agency reported.
Khaled Toukan, chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, said there is a "strong competition" between two offers that Jordan has preselected recently to provide the technology for the reactor.
Russia's Atomstroyexport and a consortium of France's Areva and Japan's Mitsubishi were prequalified, Toukan said, adding that the winning offer will be announced in mid-May.
Regarding the location of the reactor, Toukan said studies will be completed by the end of this month on three possible sites, and the final site will be jointly determined by the cabinet, the Lower House and the local communities.
Also in May, Jordan will select the strategic partner of the project, Toukan said, adding that the final agreement to build the nuclear reactor will be signed in the second half of 2013.
Jordan, which imports about 96 percent of its energy needs annually, plans to build several nuclear reactors for power generation.