Speaking to FNA, Kamalvandi referred to his yesterday meeting with Deputy Director-General for the International Affairs Department of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Nikolai Spassky in Tehran, and said, “The negotiations which lasted until 22:00 (local time) last night led to the compilation of a cooperation protocol with Russia for building, at least, 2 (more) atomic power plants.”
He said that the two power plants each with the capacity of 1,000MW will be equipped with desalination systems and are due to be constructed beside Iran’s first nuclear power plant in the Southern province of Bushehr which was built by the Russians as well.
Noting that the protocol should be signed by AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Rosatom Director-General Sergey Kirienko once the two sides are through with preliminary stages, Kamalvandi said that he would pay a visit to Moscow soon to prepare the ground for the endorsement of the document.
He also pointed out that the contract terms of this new protocol foresee a possibility for continued cooperation between Iran and Russia for building even more power plants if the two sides happen to show any interest in this regard in future.
Salehi had declared in December that negotiations with Russian officials were underway for the construction of four new nuclear reactors in Iran.
Early in December, the AEOI asked the administration of President Hassan Rouhani to allocate a share in the next year’s budget to the construction of new nuclear power plants in the country.
Salehi said at the time that the country already has a perspective for the development of its nuclear activities and the parliament has instructed the AEOI to provide necessary facilities or prepare the ground for constructing nuclear power plants generating 20,000 megawatts of electricity.
On November 13, the AEOI head expressed hope that ground would be broken for the nation’s second nuclear power plant in early 2014 with Russian cooperation.
The Islamic Republic officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr for two years on September 23.
The initial construction of the Bushehr facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Iran and Russia reached an agreement in 1995 to complete the power plant, but the completion of the project was delayed several times due to a number of technical and financial problems until 2011.