Iran and Russia have held an opening ceremony for Phase 2 of the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in which two more 1,000 MW reactors will be added at the site, while six more are still in the pipeline.
Phase 2, which was launched on Saturday, will add two VVER-1000 reactors to the one already operating in Iran. Their design was updated with additional safety features based on experience derived from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Russia and Iran signed a contract for the expansion of Bushehr in 2014, a year after Russian specialists commissioned the plant’s first reactor. The contract includes an option for six more reactors, which could be built at other sites sometime in the future. Phase 3 may be commenced as soon as 2018, Iranian Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said during the ceremony.