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Russia approves draft deal to build nuclear plant in Jordan

State-owned company Rosatom expected to finish construction of first 1,000-megawatt unit by 2024, second by 2026

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes King Abdullah II of Jordan (L) during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on October 2, 2014. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) welcomes King Abdullah II of Jordan (L) during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on October 2, 2014. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP photo)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev endorsed a draft Russia-Jordan agreement on the construction and operation of a nuclear plant in Jordan, the official website of the Kremlin said on Thursday.

Jordan announced a tender for the construction of its first nuclear-powered electricity plant in January 2011. In October 2013, Russia’s Rosatom was named as a contender of choice for the construction of a nuclear plant of two energy units with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts each.

One unit is expected to be operational by 2024, and the second one by 2026.

The state-owned company will form a joint venture with the Jordanian government, in which the Russian company will have 49.9 percent of the shares and Jordan will own 50.1%. The agreement will be financed by investments from both parties.

According to the Russian news agency ITAR/TASS the agreement was drafted with “due account of Russia’s international liabilities and in line with Russia laws.” Thus, the draft provides that nuclear fuel supplied by Russian-authorized organizations to the reactor when completed will be shipped back to Russia after use.

According to the draft approved by Medvedev Thursday, Jordan must commit not to use nuclear materials, equipment and technologies in the manufacture of nuclear weapons or other explosive devices or for any purpose other than the generation of electricity.

Medvedev vested Rosatom and the Russian Foreign Ministry with the authority to conduct talks with Jordan and sign the agreement.

The statement published on the Russian government’s website said the implementation of the Jordan-Rosatom agreement will positively affect the development of Russia’s nuclear energy sector and will ensure long-term contracts to Russian companies.

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