Iran: Construction on nuclear plants to be sped up

15 December 2016

Iran is going to ramp-up construction work on two of its new nuclear power projects in Bushehr.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice President of Iran and head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said that construction of two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr will be sped up.

The Iranian Central Bank is going to allocate the first installment of the budget in two weeks, he added.

Talking to local media, he said the project will take a decade to complete, according to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Salehi also stated that a total of $9.6bn (IRN300,000bn) will be spent on construction.

He noted that the first power plant in Bushehr has been operating for years now, adding that contracts have already been signed upon the government’s approval to build two new ones.

Salehi further said that his organisation is building two other projects namely the nuclear emergency unit and a hospital for heart diseases.

Salehi said the prospect of life is bright for the country in years after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the public being able to feel the tangible results of the deal.

Pointing out that Iran’s oil production level has reached the same level of the pre-sanctions years which stood at 2.5 million barrels per day, the AEOI chief said this in itself indicated the new openings in the country.

Construction operation for the second and third units of Bushehr nuclear power plant kicked off on 10 September 2016.

Salehi added that construction of the two new power plants would help save oil resources of the country to about 22 million barrels of crude oil and prevention of 14 million tonnes pollution in the environment.

He also said that necessary planning for construction of water desalination plant with capacity of 200,000 cubic metres a day has been done in cooperation with the energy ministry.

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