Iran Eyes 20,000 MW From Nuclear Power

Iran Eyes 20,000 MW From Nuclear PowerIran Eyes 20,000 MW From Nuclear Power

Iran needs to generate 20,000 MW of electricity from nuclear power, which requires the construction of about 10 nuclear plants.

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, spokesman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, made the statement, Sputnik reported.

Hosseini noted that the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has prepared plans for the construction of nuclear power plants but it is impossible to build 10 facilities simultaneously, so building two plants in cooperation with Russia is on the agenda.

"Iran should gain the knowhow for building nuclear plants," he said.

Russia and Iran have rich experience of cooperation in the nuclear sphere. The Russian-built Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant started operating in 2011 and reached full capacity the following year.

The project for Bushehr-2 plant was presented by Russian nuclear experts in Tehran in September 2014. In November, Iran signed a number of deals with Russia for the construction of two more nuclear reactors and an option for additional six reactors.

In a statement this month, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said his country's Atomic Energy Corporation, known as Rosatom, may start the construction of the second and third power units of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in southern Iran before the yearend.

In related developments, the Washington Free Beacon reported last week that US President Barack Obama has backed Tehran’s plans to construct two Russian-built nuclear power plants under the nuclear agreement stuck last year.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, on Thursday said Tehran has invested $10 billion into the construction of two nuclear plants, on the orders of President Hassan Rouhani.