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    Existing Iran-Russia Nuclear Development Deals to Remain Priority in 2015

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    Moscow and Tehran aim at completing their energy contracts in 2015. In 2014, Russia and Iran agreed on the construction of the second and third blocks of the Bushehr NPP.

    MOSCOW, January 27 (Sputnik) – Moscow and Tehran have no plans to sign additional contracts in 2015 on the use of peaceful nuclear energy because existing agreements will remain a priority, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei told RIA Novosti in an inteview Tuesday.

    “Iran and Russia are working on nuclear energy and in 2014 a contract was signed on the construction of the second and third blocks of the Bushehr [nuclear power facility] and a memorandum on intent was signed on the joint production of fuel,” Sanaei said.

    “We must try to complete the contracts in 2015,” the ambassador added.

    Sanaei said additional contracts between Iran and Russia are not expected in 2015 as the two countries are "only completing the current ones.”

    Bushehr, Iran’s first Russian-built nuclear power plant, was launched at full capacity in summer 2014.

    The project for Bushehr-2 was presented by Russian nuclear experts in Tehran in September 2014. In November, Iran signed a number of deals with Russia for the construction of two more nuclear reactors and an option for an additional six.

    On January 22, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said that Russian specialists had begun an engineering survey for the construction of the second and third nuclear reactors at the Bushehr-2 power plant, which should last until August. The second reactor is expected to be operational in eight years.

    An agreement between Moscow and Tehran on the civil use of nuclear energy and a subsequent agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Iran dates back to August 1992.

     

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    nuclear energy, Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran's Nuclear Program, Levan Dzhagaryan, Mehdi Hosseini, Iran, Russia
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