Iran Starts Building 2 New Nuclear Power Plants in Bushehr

Sat Sep 10, 2016 17:43:03

Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri inaugurated executive operations of second and third phases of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in southern province of Bushehr on Saturday.

During a special ceremony in this Persian Gulf province, Jahangiri inaugurated the construction project of the two additional phases of the power plant.

Earlier, Vice President and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) had announced that the operations to construct two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr will take 10 years to complete.

Salehi said that $10 billion is needed to construct the nuclear power plants.

He pointed to Russia's cooperation with Iran on construction of the power plants, and said that in the cooperation contract with the Russians, the emphasis has been laid on making use of technical capabilities of Iran for implementation of the project, IRNA reports.

Bushehr new units will be built in keeping with European Utility Requirements and will utilize “unique technology and a new concept of safety,” Russian Atomstroyexport said in a statement.

The new units at Bushehr power plant will be constructed based on the Generation III-plus nuclear plant models certified by the European Utility Requirements Organization, said ASE, an engineering company operating as part of Russia’s state atomic energy corporation Rosatom in a recent statement.

Atomstroyexport is the Russian Federation's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly.

New units of Bushehr plant will be built utilizing “unique technology and a new concept of safety,” the statement said.

The agreement to expand civilian nuclear energy cooperation and construct a total of eight additional nuclear reactors at Bushehr was signed between Russia and Iran on November 11, 2014.

The agreement for the construction of the Bushehr-1 nuclear power plant was finalized in 1995, but the project was delayed several times due to a number of technical and financial issues.

Bushehr-1 was launched in September 2011 and reached its maximum power generation capacity in August 2012.

In September 2013, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant, and in November 2014 the two countries signed an agreement whereby Russia was commissioned to build an additional seven such units.


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