BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
The contract for the second and third phases of the construction of the Bushehr power plant has been signed with the Russians for a period of 10 years and 8 years, a member of the presidium of Iran`s Parliament energy commission said.
"1000 megawatts of electricity out of total 58,000 megawatts of electricity generated by the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is intermittent and is closed only for a short time of overhaul, which is not during the peak of summer and winter," Iranian MP Hadi Beigi-Nejad said, referring to the latest visit of the members of the Energy Commission to Bushehr nuclear power plant, Trend reports citing Mashregh News Website.
"The contracts for second and third phases of construction of Bushehr power plant have been signed with Russia," he said. "The columns of this power plant are under construction, and the land grading of phase 3 of this power plant has also begun."
"We are in dire need of diversification in electricity generation so that the necessary funds must be allocated," said Beigi-Nejad.
He went on to say that the parliament and the government should take the necessary measures to accelerate the construction of phases 2 and 3 of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.
Russia’s Rosatom energy firm has been contributing to the construction of the two new nuclear power plants which according to the timetable released previously would come online until 2027.
Iran has expanded its electricity generation capacity in recent years to reach nearly 86 GW. The country relies on gas-fired thermal power plants for a bulk of its energy needs although the government has been speeding up plans to diversify production sources.
Iran has been fully complying with international rules while expanding its nuclear power generation capacity.
Iran aims to supply the electricity generated in Bushehr mostly in its southern regions where there is a shortage in thermal power production.