Iran begins construction of new nuclear power plant

(Xinhua) 10:40, December 04, 2022

TEHRAN, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran began on Saturday the construction of a new nuclear power plant in its southwestern province of Khuzestan, Nour news agency reported.

Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and some local officials witnessed the start of construction of the 300-megawatt Karoon nuclear power plant, which will install a pressurized light water reactor that uses 4-percent enriched uranium oxide as the fuel.

Iran has started building nuclear power plants at "a high speed," Eslami said, adding the Karoon plant will help Iran reach the goal of increasing the share of nuclear energy to about 20 percent of the overall electricity basket.

Iran plans to spend 1.5 to 2 billion U.S. dollars and eight years to build the Karoon plant, according to Nour news agency.

The 1,000-megawatt Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is the first civilian nuclear power plant in Iran, began supplying electricity in September 2011 with the cooperation of Russia.

(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Hongyu)


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