Iran nuclear chief visits new projects at Bushehr power plant

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Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), visits Bushehr nuclear power plant on September 14, 2021. (Photo by Tasnim news agency)

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has visited new projects under construction at Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Mohammad Eslami visited the second and third units of the facility on Tuesday and underlined the need to accelerate their construction. 

The Busher power plant started operating in 2011 and reached full capacity the following year, but Iran and Russia agreed to expand it.

They signed a number of documents in November 2014 for the construction of up to eight new nuclear power plants at the site and expand cooperation in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy. 

In November 2017, Iran began building two more nuclear reactors in a joint project with Russia’s Rosatom energy firm in Bushehr. 

The country’s aim is to build 20,000 megawatts of nuclear power capacity to meet its growing electricity demand and save more oil for exports.

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