Iran, Russia to sign agreement on nuclear energy cooperation
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 11
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi visited Russia in the morning of November 11, the Iranian news agency İSNA reported Nov. 11.
During the visit, Salehi will meet with the head of Rosatom company Sergei Kiriyenko.
During the meeting the sides are expected to sign an agreement on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
Salehi's visit to Russia will end in the evening on November 11.
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's Deputy Director for International Affairs Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Sept. 15 that Iran plans to start construction of two new nuclear power plants by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21).
"The final negotiations are underway with the Russians to build the plants," Iran's Tabnak News Website quoted Kamalvandi as saying.
"The two power plants will most probably be constructed near the Bushehr nuclear power plant," he said, adding that the two plants will have the capacity to produce 1,000 megawatt of electricity.
"The construction plan will be complete in 5 to 7 years," Kamalvand added.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Sept. 10 "We have been informed that Iranplans to construct 20 new nuclear power plants."
Earlier in June Salehi said that Iran has reached an agreement with Russia to construct two more nuclear power plants.
"The two sides are negotiating over the six other planned plants," he explained.
Salehi underlined that the Islamic Republic has a contract with Russia which obligatesMoscow to build four other nuclear power plants in the country.
He said that based on a contract which was signed in 1992, Russian are supposed to construct the power plants at the request of Tehran.
edited by CN