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    RUSSIA MAY RECEIVE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR 2ND UNIT OF BUSHER NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN IRAN

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    TEHRAN, February 18 (RIA Novosti correspondent Nikolai Terekhov) - Russia has a good chance of signing a contract to construct a second power unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant on the Iranian coast of the Persian Gulf, said Golam Reza Agazade, the Iranian vice president and the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization.

    "Taking into account that the first power unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is being built by Russian experts, is designed for 1,000 megawatts and keeping in mind Russia's highly developed atomic industry, Russia has a good chance of taking part in the further development of Iran's atomic power," said the Iranian vice president in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.

    "We have repeatedly stated that our activities in harnessing the atom are for peaceful purposes. In the next 20 years, we intend to harness some 7,000 megawatts of atomic power," commented Mr. Agazade.

    He also said that other countries would be invited to develop Iranian atomic power.

    After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, Germany, under immense pressure from the United States, refused to continue building the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Moscow did not have any commitments with the United States and, therefore, agreed in the mid-90s to complete the construction that Germany began. The project is estimated at $1 billion.

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