Work for pouring concrete at the site of the second unit of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in south Iran started on Sunday.
Construction of the first unit of the plant in Bushehr was carried out by Russia. It came on stream in 2011 and reached full capacity (1,000 MW) the following year.
The second unit of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is scheduled to come on stream in six years, while the third unit will be finished in 8 years, Mehr News Agency reported.
The second and third units will each have a capacity of 1,057 MW. Over $10 billion has been allocated for constructing the two units.
“Cooperation between the two countries began many years ago and continues. We delivered the first unit of the power plant that has generated more than 40 billion kWh of electricity so far,” Alexander Lokshin, a deputy of Rosatom, said at the ceremony in Bushehr.
In 2014, Iran signed a contract with the Russian company Rosatom and its subsidiaries to build the two reactors on the same site.
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said his ministry’s program for rewarding efficient electricity subscribers with a 100 percent discount on their bills is expected to be implemented as of the next Iranian calendar month (begins on October 22), IRNA reported.
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian and Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi held an online meeting to discuss joining the two countries' electricity networks via sea, Iran’s Energy Ministry portal (Paven) reported on Monday.
An official with Iran’s Thermal Power Plants Holding Company (TPPH) announced that 1,239 megawatts (MW) has been added to the generation capacity of the country’s thermal power plants since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20).
Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister Homayoun Haeri, who has travelled to Afghanistan on the head of an Iranian energy delegation, discussed the ways for the expansion of Iran-Afghanistan ties in the field of electricity infrastructure with the Afghan officials.
In a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian inaugurated 2,230 electricity supply projects with a total investment of 31.6 trillion rials (over $752 million) in various provinces across the country.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated three major energy projects valued at €4.7 billion via video conference on Monday, on the occasion of the Government Week (August 23-29), Shana reported.