Official: 17,000 MW of nuclear power to join Iran's grid
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says 17,000 megawatts of nuclear power will join the country's national grid in the next 20 years.
Mohammad Eslami said in Abadan on Monday that the operation the Bushehr nuclear power plant has saved 80 million barrels of oil so far.
"Generating electricity from nuclear power plants has greatly contributed to easing the country's electricity shortage," he said.
Eslami said development of power generation capacities at nuclear plants is one of the goals of the new Iranian government, with the Darkhovin site being considered for the purpose with the aim of easing the country's electricity shortage.
"Today, the cleanest, most stable, most reliable and most economical power generation capacity in the world is the use of nuclear power plants," he said, citing Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's guidelines in this regard.
"According to Leader's emphasis on the production of 17,000 MW of electricity in the country through nuclear energy, the production of 10,000 MW was envisaged in the 1401 budget, which was fortunately approved" by the parliament, Eslami said, referring to Iran's new fiscal that starts on March 20.