Tehran: Russia will start constructing two nuclear reactors in Iran next week, as Tehran seeks to reduce its reliance on oil and gas with 20 facilities over the coming years, an official said.
The start of construction follows a historic deal between Iran and world powers in July that ends a decade-long standoff over Tehran´s nuclear programme.
And it comes a year after Tehran signed a contract with Moscow to construct two reactors at the existing Russian-built Bushehr power plant.
A series of agreements signed between the two countries last year foresees eventually increasing the total number of Russian-built reactors in the country to nine.
Work on the two facilities “will commence next week,” state television´s website quoted atomic energy agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying.
Iran plans to build 20 more nuclear plants in the future, including four in Bushehr.
The accord does not limit Iran´s development of civilian nuclear sites.
The two reactors will be financed by Iran, Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia´s state nuclear company Rosatom, said last year.
The two countries are allied in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against opposition and groups, mainly the Daesh group.
And they plan to boost trade volume, as they signed several joint development documents last month during Russian President Vladimir Putin´s first visit to Iran in eight years.