Jordan says it has signed a $10 billion deal with Russia to build 2 nuclear reactors

Energy Associated Press

The Jordan government says it has signed a $10 billion deal with Russia for the construction of two nuclear reactors in the kingdom.

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The deal was signed on Tuesday in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The kingdom's state-run Petra news agency said Russia's state-owned firm "Rosatom will construct two 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactors" at the country's plant in Amra in northern Jordan.

Jordan lacks any local energy sources and imports 96 percent of its electricity, which is subsidized at great costs by the government.

The energy-poor nation hopes to finish building the two reactors by 2022 and use uranium that is being mined in in Jordan.