(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Iran began on Saturday the construction of a new nuclear power
plant in its southwestern province of Khuzestan, trend reports citing
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.
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.
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