Iran planning to meet 50% of its energy needs from nuclear power plants: AEOI chief

Tehran, IRNA – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said Iran has set a goal to meet 50 percent of the country's demand for 10,000-16,000 MW of electricity by building new [nuclear] power plants with a combined capacity of 8,000 MW.

Eslami made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Russia’s Sputnik news agency.

“The second priority of the organization is to develop the production of radiopharmaceuticals and the development of radiotracer generators,” adding, “Today, these nuclear power products should be actively introduced in our country in medicine, industry, agriculture, and the environment.”

Asked whether Iran plans to increase uranium enrichment capacity, Eslami said: “Iran will operate within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which it is a member. Iran pledges not to develop or proliferate nuclear weapons. Iran is committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Moreover, under the law of the Islamic Republic and the fatwa of Iran's supreme leader, the development of nuclear weapons is prohibited.”

On long years of nuclear cooperation between Iran and Russia, the official said that the most important subjects for cooperation between the two countries are the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant project, which consists of three units.

“Unit 1 has already entered, so to speak, an independent production cycle. Now, we have a new maintenance contract for the other two units with a capacity of 1,700 MW on the agenda.”

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