Iran: Construction work begins on second nuclear reactor at Bushehr

Iran began construction of a second nuclear reactor at its Bushehr power plant in the south of the country on Sunday, when workers poured in the concrete foundations to kick-start the project. According to Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, the development of the plant would save some «660 million dollars per year.» Salehi also noted that his country would... Еще generate «3,000 megawatts of nuclear energy by 2027,» which he said «would prevent the emission of 21 million tonnes of air pollutants.» The head of the AEOI also expressed Tehran's readiness to share their nuclear experience «with countries in the Persian Gulf that have adopted a new approach to using nuclear energy.» Plans for building a third reactor are reportedly being developed. The two reactors are to be built in accordance with the 2014 contracts signed between Iran and Russia. The Bushehr power plant reportedly relies on uranium enriched beyond the 3.67 percent limit, set by the 2015 nuclear accord. Iran has been reducing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal since the US withdrew from the accord last year. Washington has since imposed sanctions against Tehran. *RESTRICTIONS: NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International*

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