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Second Unit of Iran's Bushehr NPP to Become Operational Within Next 8 Years

Sputnik News

20:51 19.01.2015(updated 21:02 19.01.2015)

The second Bushehr nuclear power plant will be activated within the next eight years. The Bushehr complex is constructed with the use of Russian technologies.

MOSCOW, January 19 (Sputnik) – The second unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant (NPP) is expected to become operational within the next eight years, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday.

'The second Bushehr nuclear power plant will join the country's national grid by the next 8 years and the third (nuclear power) plant will be constructed two years after that,' Salehi was quoted as saying by Iran's Tasnim news agency.

Speaking on the occasion of the Clean Air Day, the organization's head also noted the importance of nuclear energy in combating air pollution.

The construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr was launched in 1974 by the German concern Kraftwerk Union AG. However, the project stalled following the 1979 Iranian revolution. In August 1992, the governments of Russia and Iran signed an agreement for the construction of the NPP, and in January 1995 the sides signed a contract to complete the construction of the first power station.

In September 2013, Iran took over from Russia the first unit of the power plant for a two-year period.

In November 2014, Russia and Iran signed several agreements on the construction of two nuclear reactor units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, using Russian technology, with the possibility of building six more in the future.


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