June 1, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Russian technicians have started construction on two new 1000MW nuke plants according to a report by Fars News.
"’We have entered the executive phase of the construction of these two nuclear power plants based on the contract signed between Tehran and Moscow in March to construct the plants,’ Kamalvandi said.” [source, Rosatom: Construction of Iran's Second N. Power Plant to Start in 2015]
Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation is the government owned entity which will construct the reactors located in the Southern Iranian province of Bushehr.
Work is slated to begin this fall according to Rosatom’s director, Sergey Kirienko
“The new units will have two reactors of the improved water-water (VVER) design. The reactors will produce 1,000 megawatts each, tripling Iran's nuclear power production capacity…” [source, Construction to Begin at Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Plant in Fall – Rosatom , Sputnik News Svc.]
In addition to further solidifying the troubling nuclear relationship between Russia and Iran, the projects will generate over $10B in revenue for the cash strapped Russian economy.
Some have speculated that the deal will provide Russia with more clout in ME politics and if the plants come online as projected, could make Iran a net exporter of electricity to the Gulf region. [see, Andrei Retinger, Russia Iran Deal Is About More Than Nuclear Power ]
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