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Iran to launch desalination project at nuclear power plant

Local officials say Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant will host a major desalination project in future.

Iran will launch construction works for a major water desalination project at its Bushehr power plant within the upcoming weeks, according to a local official in southwest of the country.

Governor of Bushehr province Ahmad Mohammadizadeh said on Sunday that works for Iran’s first nuclear-powered desalination plant will start in late August concurrent with ceremonies to mark the Administration Week in the country.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) will contribute to the construction of the desalination plant in Bushehr which will have a capacity of 70,000 cubic meters per day, said Mohammadizadeh.

“The nuclear power can solve the water crisis and this project has become final ... the execution phase will begin during the Administration Week and it will come on line based on the schedule,” he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Iran’s first and only nuclear power plant in Bushehr is capable of producing nearly 1 gigawatt per hour of electricity.

The AEOI plans two other similar power generation units in Bushehr in line with Iran’s plans to diversify electricity production in the country.

Mohammadizadeh said that nuclear reactors in the two planned power plant units in Bushehr will be used to operate two desalination projects with a combined capacity of 150,000 cubic meters per day.

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