JNN 03 Dec 2013 TEHRAN, — Iran plans to produce more electricity by building a second nuclear energy plant in the southern province of Bushehr, home for the country’s first plant, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.
“Based on our estimates, the second nuclear power plant will be built in the same province,” Rouhani was quoted by semi-official Fars news agency as saying.
In November, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali- Akbar Salehi said his country would start to build its second nuclear power plant in the near future in cooperation with Russia.
“We hope to start the construction of the country’s second nuclear power plant at the beginning of the new Iranian calendar year 1393, starting on March 21, 2014, in cooperation with the Russians,” Salehi said.
Amid the third round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers in November, senior Iranian nuclear officials spoke of plans in Tehran to construct two new nuclear power plants in the near future, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.
“The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has put construction of the second and third (nuclear) power stations on its agenda due to the government’s programs and the emphasis laid by the President (Hassan Rouhani),” Fars quoted AEOI Deputy Chief Hossein Khalfi as saying.
Iran’s first nuclear power plant, the Bushehr plant, was first constructed in 1975 by several German companies. However, the work was halted when the United States imposed an embargo on hi-tech supplies to Iran after the 1979 revolution. Russia signed a contract with Iran to complete the construction in 1998.
The site is capable of holding six power reactors and Tehran has identified 16 sites elsewhere in the country suitable for other atomic plants.
The Russian-built plant is estimated to cost some $11 billion over four decades, making it one of the world’s most expensive plants.