Iran prioritizes building small nuclear power plants
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 11
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behruz Kamalvandi has said that the organization plans to build small, water-sweetening nuclear power plants in the southern parts of the country.
He said Iran plans to be able in 10-15 years to produce nuclear fuel and build small power plants.
He pointed out that while planning on small-size power plants, Tehran still pursues its previous projects of large power plants.
"Our cooperation with Rosatom goes along well and a delegation from Rosatom is to visit Tehran on April 21," he stated, pointing to a contract between the Islamic Republic and Russia to build two power plants in the city of Bushehr.
He said that the visit will address the two power plants' construction as well as the production of fuel.
Kamalvandi reiterated that the two power plants' construction will kick off the current Iranian calendar year (ending March 21).
Russia has agreed to cooperate with Iran on building to new nuclear power plants in the southern city of Bushehr. Tehran and Moscow also recently announced that they would jointly produce fuel for Iran's nuclear power plants.
Russia and Iran signed an agreement on March 2 to supply services to the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the head of Rosenergoatom said. According to Rosenergoatom Chief Executive Officer Evgeny Romanov, the firm agreed on a five-year cooperation deal with Iran.
Russian Company Rosatom and AEOI signed a treaty in 2014 to build the second and third units of the Bushehr Power Plant.