Iran continues to take giant leaps in nuclear technology
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian officials announced major new steps in the country’s burgeoning peaceful nuclear program earlier this month, which includes the construction of a big nuclear power plant and a research reactor.
On February 1, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) began the construction work on a new "Iran-Hormoz" nuclear power plant near the village of Gerdu and the town of Bandar Sirik in the country’s southern coastal province of Hormozgan.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi inaugurated the project through a video conference, noting that the project is "much bigger" than the 1,000-MW Bushehr-1 nuclear power plant, completed by Russia.
Mohammad Eslami, the head of AEOI, who attended the ceremony, said the plant is designed to have an electricity generation capacity of 5,000 MW and will comprise four 1,250-MW units.
He described the Iran-Hormoz Plant as a "super project" and said it will be constructed with an investment of $15 billion, highlighting the goal of installing 20,000 MW of nuclear power generation capacity across the country by 2041.
Four days later, Eslami also announced that Iran has started building a home-grown nuclear research reactor in the central city of Isfahan, with pouring concrete for the foundation of the reactor.
According to the AEOI chief, the 10-MW reactor is being constructed to create a powerful neutron source with high neutron flux for a variety of applications.
He elaborated that the process of designing and constructing nuclear reactors requires detailed studies, preparation, and equipment designs, and plans for the new reactor in Isfahan had started last year.
An interesting fact is that before the Islamic Revolution, Iran had research reactors and had plans for 20,000 MW of nuclear generation capacity, but it was only implemented after 1979.
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