MOSCOW, June 12. /TASS/. Rosatom’s head Sergei Kiriyenko confirmed the corporation plans to begin construction of two additional energy blocks of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran in 2016.
"In Iran we have launched Bushehr and have signed a contract already," he said in an interview to the Pozdnyakov television program. "This year we are beginning construction of the second and third (energy blocks)."
The first power unit at Bushehr was built by Russian organizations in accordance with the 1995 contract with Iran. The power plant was put into operation in 2011 and connected to Iranian power networks in 2013.
In November 2014, Russia and Iran signed a set of agreements to build eight nuclear power units in Iran. Russia will also produce nuclear fuel for Iranian NPPs during the whole service life of the eight new power units.
Situated on the Persian Gulf coast, Bushehr NPP with 1,000 MW power capacity became first NPP not only in Iran, but also in the whole Middle East region.
Russia has fulfilled all its commitments on the weapon-grade plutonium disposition as part of a respective agreement with the United States, Kiriyenko said.
"Russia has fully met these commitments," Kiriyenko said in an interview with the "Pozdnyakov" program on the NTV TV channel.
The Russia-US intergovernmental agreement on the disposition of plutonium, which is no longer required for defense purposes, was signed in 2000. It envisages the utilization of 34 tons of plutonium by both sides.