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Iran soon to accept bids for two more nuclear power plants

RIA Novosti

15/04/2007 15:04 TEHRAN, April 15 (RIA Novosti) - Iran will soon announce a tender for the construction of two more nuclear power plants in the south of the Islamic Republic, an official of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said Sunday.

Ahmad Fayazbakhsh said the power plants will each have a capacity of 1,000 to 1,600 megawatts and will be built at Bushehr where Russia is completing the construction of Iran's first nuclear power plant.

Iran has been at the center of international concerns since January 2006 over its nuclear program, which some countries, particularly the United States, suspect is geared toward nuclear weapons development. Tehran has consistently denied the claims, saying it needs nuclear power for civilian purposes.

Fayazbakhsh said some major European and Asian contractors have already displayed interest in the construction of NPPs.

Fayazbakhsh also said the two nuclear power plants will cost about $1.4-1.8 billion and their construction will last about 9-11 years.

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