The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission completed enhancing the radiation detection system at all Jordanian airports

​Amman, January 14, 2024 - The Board of Commissioners of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, Engineer Zeyad Al-Saaydeh, affirmed the importance of the supervisory role exercised by the Commission at all border points (land, sea, and air) in the Kingdom to enhance the radiation protection and nuclear security system. This is achieved through modern and advanced radiation detection gates operated by qualified and trained teams to respond to radiation and nuclear incidents. These gates are equipped with the latest high-precision technologies, alongside environmental radiation monitoring stations distributed in all provinces to monitor radiation levels and verify compliance with permissible limits.

Engineer Al-Saaydeh, in a statement last Thursday following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Airport International Group, explained that the memorandum aims to enhance the radiation detection system at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)   by implementing a project to install advanced radiation detection devices in the passenger terminal building. The project is funded by the Canadian government under an agreement to enhance the Kingdom's capabilities in the field of nuclear security. He noted that with the implementation of this project, the Commission would have completed the enhancement of the radiation detection system at all Jordanian airports. He added that King Hussein International Airport is the first airport in the Middle East to possess this system.

Engineer Al-Saaydeh praised the support provided by the Canadian government to enhance the Jordanian radiation detection system. He pointed out that under the agreement between the two countries, the Kingdom has been provided with 53 fixed radiation detection devices to examine passengers and vehicles entering and leaving the Kingdom. Additionally, 22 radiation detection devices will be installed for passengers and luggage as a first phase at Queen Alia International Airport/passenger terminal. The Commission will also be provided with additional portable radiation detection devices to identify the type of radioactive isotopes in the secondary inspection area for vehicles and passengers. Furthermore, equipment for removing radiation contamination and providing mobile laboratories for measuring radiation levels in the air will be supplied, along with the installation of 16 radiation monitoring stations, in addition to existing stations in the Kingdom for measuring and monitoring radiation activity levels in the surrounding environment 24/7. He confirmed that the Commission will continue to develop its supervisory procedures to address cases of nuclear material pollution and smuggling, preventing the entry of any unlicensed or contaminated radioactive materials exceeding the permissible limit, ensuring the preservation of human and environmental health and safety in cooperation with security and civil authorities operating at land, sea, and air border points.

On his part, the CEO of Airport International Group, the Jordanian company responsible for the operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), Mr. Nicolas Claude, stated that the safety and security of passengers, crew, and airport staff are within our top priorities. He indicated that the memorandum of understanding will enable the commitment to implementing international and regional laws and agreements related to nuclear safety and radiation protection through joint cooperation in enhancing the monitoring of the entry and exit of unauthorized nuclear materials and radioactive sources.

The representative of the Canadian Embassy in the Kingdom, Mr. Antoine Terrar, expressed the support of the Canadian government for Jordan, providing modern technologies and devices to take necessary measures to prevent the unauthorized use of nuclear and radioactive materials, detect them, and address them in line with international best practices.

In turn, the Chief Commissioner of Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission, Captain Haitham Misto, emphasized the importance of comply with international standards in Chicago Convention and its 19 Annexes which are reflected into the national security and facilitation civil aviation programs.

Captain Misto praised this integrated and collaborative achievement, which reflects the commitment of all relevant parties to proactively achieve the highest levels safety and security of civil aviation.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Board of Commissioners of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, Engineer Zeyad Al-Saaydeh, and the CEO of Airport International Group, Mr. Nicolas Claude, in the presence of representatives of the Canadian Embassy in Amman, the Board of Commissioners of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission, Captain Haitham Mesto, the Radiation and Nuclear Commissioner at the Commission, Dr. Rabie Abu Saleem, the director of Nuclear Security at the Commission, Engineer Luai Kiswani, and several directors and specialists at the Commission, along with the participation of all the directors of the security and civil authorities at the airport