On 19 January, Rosatom and Iranian Atomic Energy Organization have signed the documents relating to Iranian-Russian cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy.
In particular, Behrouz Kamalvandi, Vice President at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and Nickolay Spasskiy, Deputy Director General at Rosatom signed the road map to implement the Memorandum on the development of cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy of 11 November, 2014.
The Memorandum of 2014 envisages that Rosatom will build up to eight new nuclear power reactor units in Iran upon the agreement – four at Bushehr NPP and four at another, yet to be determined site.
According to the protocol to the intergovernmental agreement, the construction of an additional four power units with VVER reactors will be implemented upon a turn-key basis at the site of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, as well as four similar power units on another site in Iran, to be determined by the Iranian party at a later date.
The parties also agreed to ensure the maximum possible participation of local enterprises and organizations in all works related to the construction of new power units on the sites, their operation and decommissioning.
The entire construction project of the nuclear power units in Iran, including equipment and nuclear fuel supplies, will be under the strict IAEA safeguards.
Under the protocol, Rosatom will provide nuclear fuel “throughout the entire lifecycle” of the eight new power units. Used nuclear fuel will be returned to Russia for reprocessing and storage.
Rosatom will arrange the training of Iranian specialists in the operation, servicing and corresponding engineering support for the new plants, as well as in the field of regulation of nuclear and radiation safety.
About Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation:
ROSATOM is the Russian state atomic energy corporation bringing together over 262 000 people in 360 enterprises and scientific institutions including all Russian civil nuclear companies, research organizations and the world’s only nuclear-propelled icebreaker fleet. With 70 years’ expertise in the nuclear field, ROSATOM remains its leader. ROSATOM is №1 in the world simultaneously implementing projects of NPPs construction.