AMMAN (AFP) - French nuclear giant Areva has discovered 12,300 tonnes of uranium in central Jordan, state-run media said on Tuesday, as the parched kingdom tries to develop nuclear energy to meet its growing needs. "Reserves of 12,300 tonnes of uranium have been in found in central Jordan," the Petra news agency quoted the French company as saying in a statement published Tuesday. The Jordan French Uranium Mining Company, a joint venture between Areva and Jordan Energy Resources Inc., "is confident that it will find a strategic reserve of more than 20,000 tonnes or uranium by the end this year," it said. "The reserve is essential for boosting Jordan's nuclear fuel resources in the future," it added.