"The second Bushehr nuclear power plant will join the country’s national grid by the next 8 years and the third (nuclear power) plant will be constructed two years after that," Salehi was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tasnim news agency.
Speaking on the occasion of the Clean Air Day, the organization's head also noted the importance of nuclear energy in combating air pollution.
The construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr was launched in 1974 by the German concern Kraftwerk Union AG. However, the project stalled following the 1979 Iranian revolution. In August 1992, the governments of Russia and Iran signed an agreement for the construction of the NPP, and in January 1995 the sides signed a contract to complete the construction of the first power station.
In November 2014, Russia and Iran signed several agreements on the construction of two nuclear reactor units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, using Russian technology, with the possibility of building six more in the future.