Iran hopes to build 2nd unit of Bushehr NPP with Russia soon

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Iran hopes for the possibility of beginning the construction of the second power unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant together with Russia in the near future, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stated on Tuesday, Itar-Tass reported.

"We had an agreement that the capacity of the nuclear power plant, which Russia will build in Iran will be about 5 thousand megawatts," he said. "The Bushehr NPP produces one thousand megawatts, and four thousand is yet to be produced." The minister recalled, that at the meeting of the intergovernmental commission held on Tuesday the sides reached the mutual understanding on the agreement dated August 24, 1992 on cooperation in the sphere of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

"I hope that together with colleagues from Russia it will be possible to begin the construction of the second unit of the Bushehr nuclear plant in the near future," he said.

The construction of the nuclear power plant near Bushehr was launched in 1975. Then the work on the NPP building was carried out by a West German company. However, in 1980, West Germany joined the US sanctions against Iran and the construction was stopped.

On August 24, 1992, the Government of the Russian Federation and Iran signed an agreement on cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. And on next day - on August 25, 1992, the parties agreed to continue the construction of the Bushehr NPP. In January 1995, the sides signed a contract on the completion of the first power unit of the NPP. Last August, the power unit reached 100-percent design capacity.

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