Iran set to construct 20 nuclear power stations

Russia could be a likely partner in the project to construct the reactors, says Iranian parliamentarian.

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  July 16, 2005

Russia is a possible partner in a plan to construct 20 nuclear power stations in Iran, a senior member of Iran’s parliament has revealed. “A plan has been approved in parliament obliging the government to study the possibility of building 20 nuclear power stations,” Kazem Jalali, the spokesperson for the Iranian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, was quoted as saying. “Various countries — including Russia — can participate and we hope Russia will continue to co-operate with us on this question”. Jalali was speaking during a visit by an Iranian delegation to the Russian capital aimed at developing economic ties between the two countries. Russia is constructing Iran’s first nuclear reactor at Bushehr. The reactor, which is part of a technological co-operation agreement with Tehran drawn up in 2002, has opened up the way for construction of up to five reactors over the coming 10 years. Mohammad Khoshchehreh, a parliamentary deputy specialising in relations with Russia, said that in the future Iran intends to continue co-operation with the European country in the nuclear energy sector. Khoshchehreh, who was also on visit to Moscow held meetings with leaders from the State Duma and Federation Council on prospects for continued nuclear co-operation. “There are no concerns that Russia might be ousted from the Iranian power industry market,” said Khoshchehreh. Iran is satisfied with how Russian specialists are constructing the Bushehr nuclear power plant, he said.

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