2021-February-28 10:53
Politics
2021-January-24  13:01

Senior MP: Iran Developing Phases 2&3 of Bushehr N. Power Plant

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior member of the Iranian parliament’s Energy Commission’s presiding board said on Sunday that the country has started construction of phases 2 and 3 of Bushehr nuclear power plant.

“The second and third phases of Bushehr power plant development have been signed with the Russians under 10-year and 8-year contracts,” Hadi Beiginejad told FNA.

He added that the foundation of the second phase of the Bushehr power plant is under construction and the leveling works on the area considered for phase 3 has also started.

Beiginejad underscored the need for Iran to diversify its power generation resources, and called on the parliament and the government to accelerate construction of phases 2 and 3 of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Bushehr facility sits 17 kilometers Southeast of the city of Bushehr along the Persian Gulf coast in Southwestern Iran.

It started operating in 2011 and reached its full capacity the following year.

Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, started site preparation of the two new units of the nuclear power plant with a combined capacity of 2100 MW in September 2016. On 14 March 2017 construction formally started. Phases 2 and 3 are planned to be completed in 2024 and 2026.

In November 2019, the concrete-casting operation of the phase 2 was launched in a ceremony attended by Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) chief Ali Akbar Salehi, a number of state and provincial officials, parliamentarians and manager of Russian companies active in the site. 

“Cementing process of the nuclear reactor of the Bushehr power plant’s phase II is one of the key processes and an important event in the site by which we have taken a giant stride towards development of nuclear power plants in the country,” Mahmoud Jafari, the executive manager for the new phases of the Bushehr nuclear plant, told reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony.