Russia announces construction will start on new nuke plant for Iran

Russia announces construction will start on new nuke plant for Iran
Light-water reactor at Bushehr, Iran. (Image: AEOI)

[Ed. – This will be a second light-water reactor for electric power generation.  And no, the Russian-designed reactor is not expected to be meaningfully hardened against compromise by earthquake, any more than the first reactor at Bushehr is.]

Russia announced on Monday that it would start construction this year on a second nuclear plant in Iran, according to regional reports.

Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran’s southern region later this year, according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency.

Meanwhile, an earthquake struck Monday morning near the site of Iran’s current nuclear power plant in Bushehr, near where the second plant will be built. …

Iranian officials announced in late 2014 that it had already begun the initial stages of construction on at least two nuclear plants in the region. In November, Tehran finalized a deal with Russia to aid in the construction of these plants.

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