Iran negotiates with other countries to build new nuclear power plants

Nuclear Program Materials 10 April 2019 12:07 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, April 10

By Sara Riazi - Trend:

A senior aide to the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran announced that talks under underway with foreign investors to build small nuclear plants with the capacity of 100 megawatt production.

Referring to the last status of phase two and three of the Bushehr nuclear power plants, Asqar Zarean said that after the first phase of Bushehr was completed, the establishment second and third phase of the plant have begun with Russian cooperation.

“Up to now, 1.2 million cubic meters of excavation work was carried out and next summer we will see concrete operations and implementation of its foundation,” Zarean told Trend.

He said the estimated cost for the Phase 2 and 3 of the Bushehr plant is 10 million euros.

“In these financially difficult circumstances, this is big budget which will be managed through the support of the leadership and the government,” he said hinting at the U.S. sanctions against Iran`s financial relationship with foreign investors.

"The two plants each have the capacity of 1,050 MW, plus 1,100 MW electricity of the power plant of Phase I, the total electricity which is entering the grid will be 3,100 MW,” he added.

"The AEOI operates the Tetra project in the area of ​​radio medicines standardization, and the relevant construction work has been launched and will be accomplished by 2021."

“We meet domestic demand for radiopharmaceuticals, and exports them at the same time,” he said.

With regarding the next year's AEOI`s plan he said that they anticipated 16 projects in the medium and long term period.

“We will launch the Center for Seperation and Development of Isotopic in Fordow in 2020,” he said, adding that the National Engineering Center and the Nuclear Pollution and Waste Management Unit will open today.

Pointing to the investment of foreign countries in Iran`s nuclear industry he said "We have already cooperated with the European Union in the field of Nuclear Safety System. The positive steps have taken by both sides."

He went on to emphasize that the external cooperation is more in the field of safety of nuclear power plants, which is followed by the Nuclear Safety System Centre.

“There was no interruption in these partnerships,” he added.

“Despite the efforts of enemies, their hardware and software sabotages have been neutralized,” he said. “The reason for the enemy's adversity is the conversion of science to the product by our country, otherwise there is no anger at building a power plant and generating electricity.”

“The organization's impact has been on seven hundred industries, such as Petrochemical Industry, oil, petrochemical and many other activities,” Zarean said.

Referring to the plans for the construction of new power plants in near future he said that now, just two power plants in Bushehr are currently in progress, but Iran is negotiating with other countries to build 100 megawatt small power plants.

He also said the countries negotiated with Iran will be named later.