The agreement was signed by Jordanian Minister of Finance Hamad al-Kasasbeh, JAEC chairman Khaled Toukan, and Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive officer of Areva.

The deal covers joint uranium exploration in the central region of Jordan. It paves the way for a long-term partnership for the development of Jordan’s nuclear power programme.

Jordan is planning to invest an estimated $10bn to build four nuclear reactors with a capacity of 1,000MW each (MEED 17:7:08).