The head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEAI), Ali Akbar Salehí, announced on Sunday that his country will produce up to 3,000 megawatts of nuclear energy in 2027, during the start of work on the second Bushehr reactor.
The pouring of concrete into the foundations of the second unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran began in the presence of Salehí and the president of the Russian group ASE and deputy director of operations of Rosatom, Alexander Lokshin, who participates in the draft.
In his speech, the head of the AEAI said that the Bushehr plant will help the country save 660 million dollars a year, by reducing the need for oil to generate electricity, and provide local residents with 200,000 to 400,000 cubic meters of water Drinking in the future.
Salehí stressed the importance of nuclear energy for future generations, insisting that fossil energy will run out in several decades.
"Perhaps one of the reasons we face challenges with enemies is that they want to take away this main source of energy," he said.
Iran's nuclear program has been surrounded by controversy for decades and to prevent the Persian country from developing the atomic bomb, the Joint Integral Action Plan (JCPOA) was signed in 2015.
The withdrawal of the nuclear agreement in 2018 from the US and its reimposition of sanctions against Iran have, however, weakened this pact and have led the Iranian authorities to stop fulfilling some of their commitments.
The Bushehr nuclear power plant began to be built in the 1970s with German help, but the project was interrupted after the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and did not resume until February 1998, after an agreement was signed with Russia.
The plant went into operation in August 2010 and reached full capacity in June 2013 with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts.
In September 2018, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom began the technical procedures necessary to install the second and third Bushehr units.
Each unit requires an investment of 5,000 million dollars, according to Salehí, who said it will recover six years after it becomes operational.
The head of the AEAI expressed his hope that the second and third reactors will be operational in 2025 and 2027, respectively, with a capacity of about 2,100 megawatts.
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