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Russia, Jordan Sign Deal To Build Nuclear Reactors

The Jordanian government has signed a $10 billion agreement with Russia for the construction of two nuclear reactors in the Middle Eastern country.

The chief of Russia's state-owned firm Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, and Jordan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Khaled Toukan signed the deal on March 24 in Jordan's capital, Amman.

The state-run Petra news agency reported that Rosatom will construct two 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors near Qusayr Amra, some 60 kilometers northeast of Amman.

Rosatom won a tender for the construction of a Jordanian nuclear plant in 2013.

Amman hopes to finish building the two reactors by 2022 and use uranium for them that is being mined domestically.

The energy-poor nation imports 96 percent of its electricity, which is subsidized at great cost to the government.

Based on reporting by AP and TASS

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