Full-scale work on construction of the Bushehr-2 nuclear power plant in Iran will start up this year, Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko told journalists.
"Everything is on schedule. Work is already underway. Full-scale work will begin this year," Kiriyenko said.
"Joint work is moving ahead at full speed, everything is precisely on schedule, work at the site will begin this year," Kiriyenko reiterated.
Russia and Iran signed the protocol to their intergovernmental agreement concerning construction of a nuclear power plant in Iran on November 11, 2014. The sides plan to cooperate in turnkey construction of eight nuclear power blocks equipped with VVER reactors in Iran, including four at Bushehr and four at another site. They also signed the contract to build the second stage of Bushehr containing two nuclear power blocks with possible expansion to four power blocks.
Russia and Iran had signed a preliminary acceptance certificate marking the commissioning of Bushehr's first 1,000-MW nuclear power block on September 23, 2013. The Bushehr plant is currently in a two-year warranty period, during which Russian experts will remain at Bushehr on a consultative basis and to provide technical support.
Bushehr's construction was started by Germany's Kraftwerk Union A.G. (Siemens/KWU) in 1974. On January 8, 1995, a contract was signed based on an agreement between Russia and Iran on completing the first power block with a VVER-1000 reactor. Under a supplement to the contract dated August 29, 1998, Russia undertook to complete the power unit on a turnkey basis and to train Iranian operational personnel. A license to put the plant into operation was issued in October 2010. Since 2012, the project has been run by NIAEP-ASE. Bushehr reached its full projected capacity at the end of June 2013. Bushehr-1 began operating at 100 percent capacity in June 2013.
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