The Kingdom of Jordan could be the first country in the world to obtain all of its water and power from advanced molten salt reactors. There is an acute shortage of both water and power in the Kingdom to support the current population of over 9.5 million persons. If the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission were to construct approximately 9000 MWe of generating capacity, in phases, using molten salt technology they could generate enough water and power to support the population at a first world level of development.
There are several advantages of MSR’s that make them particularly advantageous for Jordan. First, they do not use water for cooling the core. This eliminates the need to have a large water supply available for their operation, and secondly, since the operate at high temperatures, they will provide large volumes of process heat that can drive thermal desalination systems. Since Jordan has no other viable options, they could be in a position of having nothing to lose, and hence could be the country to show the rest of the world the way forward.