Jordan has signed a $10bn deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant.
The deal was signed with Russia’s state-owned company, Rosatom, and is a crucial step for Jordan to attain energy sufficiency. The country currently imports 96% of its electricity.
The deal covers two 1,000MW reactors in the north of Jordan, and is set for completion by 2022.
There are hopes that the reactors will be fuelled with uranium mined in Jordan, following the country’s large uranium deposits discovered in 2007 but still not developed.
Under the deal, Jordan must buy fuel from Rosatom for the reactors for 10 years.