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Editorial Staff March 25, 2015

Jordan and Russia sign nuclear deal

Russian state-owned company Rosatom will construct two 1,000 megawatt reactors by 2022 in northern Jordan. Today, the Kingdom relies on imports for 96 percent of its energy needs and hopes to reduce its dependence with the construction of two reactors

Jordan and Russia sign nuclear deal

Jordan has signed a $10 billion deal with Russia for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant, according to the Jordan news agency Petra. The deal, signed in Amman, provides that the Russian state-owned company Rosatom constructs two 1,000 megawatt reactors in the north of the country by 2022. Jordan, which relies on imports for 96 percent of its energy needs, hopes to significantly reduce its dependence on foreign supplies, which are threatened by the numerous regional crises. The deal obligates Amman to buy fuel for the power plant from Rosatom for 10 years. The Russian company will own 49 percent of the plant. The deal was signed by Khaled Tukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, and Sergey Kirienko, CEO of the Russian state-owned nuclear company Rosatom. Tukan, quoted by local media, said that "the deal defines the legal and politicy framework" for cooperation on the project and also covers the terms of the fuel supply for the plant and the treatment of waste. The plant, which will be built in the desert area of Amra, to the north of Amman, includes two 1,000 megawatt reactors.