Above: Russian manufactured VVER-1000/320 reactor type at the Kalinin nuclear power plant
According to Reuters:
Russia plans to sign a contract with Iran this year to build two more nuclear reactors at its Bushehr power plant as part of a broader deal for up to eight reactors in the Islamic state, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters on Thursday.
"Russia and Iran may sign an intergovernmental agreement this year on building from four to eight nuclear reactors, and, under the deal, the contract for the construction of the first two reactors as additions to Bushehr," the source said.
Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said earlier it was in talks with Iran on the potential construction of more reactors there but revealed no details. Rosatom officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.For many years now the Iranians have been openly stating they fully intend to have an industrial-scale civilian nuclear power program. They've even declared an intent to build ten more reactors.
It is unclear if the above comments from an unidentified source are indeed accurate or if there is some Russian lposturing taking place on the world stage, given the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna, the issue of Ukraine and sanctions, as well as Sino-Russian economic announcements this week at Shanghai. That said, new export sales of nuclear reactors to Iran would represent a boon to the Russian nuclear industry.
It's regrettable American business interests are prevented from making sales to Iran. Like their recent sales to the People's Republic of China, Westinghouse would do well were it given the chance of ten more sales of AP1000 reactors to a new customer that otherwise might be the Islamic Republic of Iran. What's required is the same level of political courage displayed by President Nixon back in 1972, that decades later made such recent sales possible of American nuclear reactors to the People's Republic of China.
Above: Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor