Jordan Gets Russian Backing For Nuclear Plans

Developing a nuclear power sector remains a tall order for Jordan; though Russia will help with the financing, water is the “paramount issue.”

Jordan and Russia have signed an intergovernmental agreement to build and operate a nuclear power plant (NPP) in Jordan. Crucially for cash-strapped ‘Amman, the deal commits Russia to helping attract finance for the project, in which Jordan will hold 50.1% and Russia’s Rosatom 49.9%.

The agreement was signed on 24 March by Khalid Tuqan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), and Sergey Kirienko, director-general of the Russian state nuclear company. Mr Tuqan says the agreement sets out the legal and political frameworks for the project.


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