Russia and Jordan have signed an intergovernmental agreement to cooperate on the construction and operation of a new nuclear plant in Jordan.

The document, signed 24 March, envisages the construction of two 1000MW VVER units in Jordan. The reactors will have the same design at the Kudankulam NPP that was exported to India, according to Rosatom. The project is expected to cost $10bn.

Rosatom director general Sergey Kirienko said Rosatom is "ready for cooperation to attract financing for realisation of the project and jointly provide the investment needed."

The intergovernmental agreement calls for the set up of a project company that will be the customer, operator and owner of the nuclear power plant, as well as the owner of the electric power generated by the units. This project company will be responsible for completing site characterization work, studying the Jordanian power system and selecting a customer-engineer and consultant for development of the draft bankable feasibility study.

Rosatom will supply nuclear fuel for the reactors, and take spent fuel back to Russia. It will also help Jordan develop a nuclear infrastructure and with its public acceptance activities.

The agreement follows a deal signed in September 2014 on the construction of a nuclear plant in Az-Zarqa, northeast of Amman. The contract for construction of the plant is due to be concluded in 2016, Rosatom says.