Jordan has signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with the UK to utilise nuclear energy.

The agreement, signed by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh, is part of plans for both nations to move towards a low-carbon economy.

Jordan and several other Arab countries have declared their plans for nuclear power programmes.

David Miliband said the programme “needs to be developed in a safe and secure way”.

“Jordan’s nuclear power programme is fully transparent making it a model for countries that are considering developing their own civil nuclear programmes,” he added.

In March 2009 Jordan said four international companies had proposed to construct a nuclear plant in the country to help generate power and desalinate water.

Jordan’s 1.2 billion tons of phosphate reserves are estimated to have 130,000 tons of uranium, forming the fuel necessary for nuclear plants.