Iran’s N. Chief: Modernization of Arak Heavy Water Reactor Underway
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced that efforts to modernize Arak heavy water reactor continue, adding that construction of Bushehr 2 and Bushehr 3 nuclear power plants is also being pursued seriously.
“Modernization and completion of Khondab (Arak) heavy water reactor is underway based on the contents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” Salehi said in a message on the occasion of the National Nuclear Day (April 8) on Tuesday.
He added that expansion of activities related to discovering and extraction of raw nuclear materials, the fuel cycle, R&D, uranium enrichment, development of the unit 2 and unit 3 of Bushehr nuclear power plant and production of nuclear medicine for patients are being pursued seriously and strenuously.
Salehi said that the Iranian experts at the AEOI had 122 new achievements last year (which ended on March 19).
Salehi’s Assistant Ali Asqar Zare'an had said last September that the AEOI had completed redesigning the heavy water reactor in the Central city of Arak, named IR40.
"The conceptual, basic and detailed designing of the reactor has ended and we have entered the stage of building and providing equipment according to the schedule for final launch," Zare'an said.
He expressed the hope that the AEOI would be able to declare good news about the IR40 reactor soon in future.
Zare'an also said that construction of Bushehr 2 and Bushehr 3 nuclear power plants, standardization of the home-made radio medicine and production of entangled photons are other projects pursued by the AEOI.
Late in July, Salehi had announced that the reconstruction project of the Arak heavy water reactor was progressing at a good pace.
Salehi hailed the good coordination between the Iranian, Chinese and British sides engaged in the reconstruction project of Arak reactor, saying the plan was going on at a good pace.
“The joint committee for the reconstruction of Arak reactor, including China and Britain, is doing well... We are satisfied with the progress of the plan,” Salehi said, adding that "the plan has now been accelerated after a few months of hiatus”.
The top atomic official noted that the various dimensions for reconstructing the facility, including the conceptual, detailed, and partial aspects, as well as the drawings, have been completed.
“By specifying different dimensions of the equipment, the order is given to suppliers,” he said, adding that project would commence as soon as the purchase orders are delivered.
Salehi also referred to the construction of the second phase of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, saying the project would start in August in cooperation with Russia.
“Based on the plans, the second phase of the power plant will become operational in six years, and the third phase will come on stream within the next two years.”