April 25, 2017 1005 GMT
In November 2014, Nuclear Power Production and Development Company of Iran (NPPD) and Russia’s Atomstroiexport signed two contracts for the construction of units 2, 3 of Bushehr-2 under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction terms and on a turnkey basis and for engineering studies and collection of data at the site of Bushehr-2. The total capacity of two units of WWER-1000 (Water-Water Energetic Reactor) will be 2,100 megawatt, TASS reported.
Representatives of the Russian general contractor participated in the official ceremony of the work start.
The implementation of Bushehr-2 project will take 10 years. The start-up of the second unit is planned for October 2024; the third unit will be launched in April 2026.
Iran already runs one Russian-built reactor at Bushehr, which went online in 2011. Moscow signed a deal with Tehran in 2014 under which it will build up to eight more nuclear plants in the country.