Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 13
By Rahim Zamanov - Trend: The Russians are likely to start the construction operation of a new nuclear power plant (NPP) in Iran in the next calendar year (to start on March 21), head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said, ISNA News Agency reported on Nov. 13.
"Based on the signed protocol with the Russians, the two sides can build a power plant with the capacity of 4,000 Megawatt hours in Iran," Salehi said in a televised interview.
Salehi went on to note that signing a contract with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in line with Iran's intention to rebuild trust.
He went on to note that Iran also plans to establish NPPs on the Caspian Sea shores and the country's central areas in the future.
Salehi underlined that the NPPs which will be built on the Persian Gulf shores can also supply the required drinking water for Iran's southern Provinces through a desalination process.
Nuclear desalination uses the excess heat from a nuclear power plant to evaporate sea water and condense the pure water.
Earlier in September, Iranian media outlets quoted the country's energy minister Hamid Chitchian as saying Iran plans to build a new nuclear power plant.
The new plant will have the capacity to produce 360 megawatt of electricity per hour, he said in a televised interview at the time. Iran took over the control of its first nuclear power plant, Bushehr NPP from Russia on September 23.
Salehi said during the inauguration ceremony of the Bushehr NPP that he expected work to start soon on a second plant upon completion of talks with Moscow saying: "Negotiations are continuing and are well-advanced."
"Work will start soon," he added, without revealing any exact date.