Russia has put forward “proposals” to build new nuclear power plants in Iran after the completion of the Bushehr project. Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoon Abbasi Davani today made the announcement in Tehran.
“We have held negotiations with the Russians regarding the construction of new nuclear power plants. They have put forward some proposals,” Abbasi Davani said. “The exchange of ideas and proposals will continue until a clear result is reached,” he added [Resalat, 21 August].
Russia has built Iran’s only nuclear power plant in Bushehr against the backdrop of years of delays, making the new announcement by Iran all the more surprising. The facility is expected to be finally linked to the national grid soon. The Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was in Moscow earlier this week, but it was not immediately clear if he was involved in the negotiations with the Russian officials on building new reactors in Iran.In 2007 Iran sought international bids to build a second nulear power plant in Darkhoin in southwest province of Kuzestan, near the Iraqi border. But there has been no development on the project since then.