Iran wants to increase capacity to generate electricity from nuclear power plants to 8 MG

The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency (AEOI) says the country’s nuclear power production capacity should reach 8 megawatts in the short term.

Mohammad Eslami spoke on Tuesday after visiting the Iranian nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr.

He said the AEOI has plans to build several other nuclear power plants to meet the 8,000 megawatt target. According to the AEOI boss, the power plant’s power generation capacity is currently 1,000 megawatts and plays a key role in meeting Iran’s electricity needs.

He said the government would accelerate funding for the construction of the second and third blocks of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

The AEOI chief blamed the delay in the completion of construction on funding bottlenecks, adding that construction is underway and efforts are being made to complete the units as planned.

Eslami noted that the Bushehr power plant is operating at full capacity and has generated more than 50 billion kilowatts of electricity in the past 15 days.

Eslami was named Vice President and AEOI Chief of Iran earlier this month. Elsewhere in his remarks, Eslami noted that Iran’s policy is to develop nuclear power as a clean energy source to meet its current and future needs.

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