Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported today that “the head of atomic organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, has asked the government to allocate the required budget for construction of two more nuclear power plants in Bushehr province.” Salehi said that the move is to “help the country reduce its carbon emissions and its consumption of oil,” as reported by the AP via Fox News.
Yesterday, it was reported at JPost that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that new construction will be starting on nuclear power plants around the country.
Rouhani was quoted as saying,
“The first nuclear power plant is in operation in Bushehr province, and the construction of the second one will soon kick off ; development of new atomic power plants in the country will start in earnest and there will be nuclear reactors in most parts of Bushehr province.” [Emphasis added]
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Additionally, the Iran News source declared that “At least 34 sites have already been designated for future nuclear power plants.” The AP reported that Ali Akbar Salehi said “building any single 1,000-megawatt power plant annually saves up to eight million barrels of oil and cuts seven million tons of carbon emission.”
According to FuelFix,
“The comments come after Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in return for Western powers easing crippling economic sanctions. The deal requires Iran to cap its uranium enrichment level at 5 percent, far below the 90 percent threshold needed for a warhead. That 5 percent uranium can be used at nuclear power plants.”