Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26
By Emil Ilgar - Trend:
Iran and Russia discussed the construction of the second nuclear power plant in Bushehr on May 26, reports the official website of Iran's Embassy in Russia.
According to the report, Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as well as Mehdi Sanaei, Iran's ambassador to Moscow, met with Rosatom CEO Sergei Kiriyenko in Russia.
"The date of the groundbreaking ceremony for the second nuclear power plant was discussed," the report said, without giving further information.
The report said the two countries have reached an agreement on the framework of the nuclear power plant construction project.
Russia, which completed the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, says it eyes the construction of new nuclear plants in the Islamic Republic.
Russian TASS news agency quoted a source at Rosatom as saying on May 17 that Rosatom intends to start engineering of the Bushehr-2 nuclear power plant in Iran before late 2016, after endorsement of parameters by the customer.
TASS reported that the construction of the new nuclear power units in Iran may start in the next two years.
Meanwhile, Alexander Novak, the Russian energy minister, said last October that the construction of the Bushehr-2 is estimated to cost about $11 billion.
In November 2014, Tehran and Moscow struck a deal to build eight more nuclear power plants in Iran.