The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammad Islami, said they are preparing to build a new nuclear power plant in the southwestern part of the country.

The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed Islami, said that in the province of Khuzestan in the southwest of the country, the construction of a new nuclear power plant called “Karun” has begun, and said: “With this nuclear power plant, we will benefit from nuclear energy in the amount of 20 percent of electricity generation in the country.

Mohammad Islami, chairman of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Karun nuclear power plant in southwestern Khuzestan province. Declaring that they have begun construction of a new nuclear power plant, Islam said: “Through this nuclear facility, we will get a 20 percent share of nuclear energy in the country’s electricity generation. We attach great importance to the development of new nuclear facilities to obtain high-quality and cheap energy,” he said.

Emphasizing that the Atomic Energy Agency is committed to the development of nuclear power plants, Islami said that the nuclear plant in Karuna will contribute to energy production, and said: “The government is focused on energy production and the use of cheap fuel. As an organization, we are committed to the design and development of nuclear facilities. The contribution of the new nuclear facility called Karun, which we have begun to build, to the production of electricity is the goal of the 20-year operation of the institution at the present time.

It was announced that the construction of the Karun nuclear power plant, which will operate with a pressurized water reactor (PWR) capable of generating 300 megawatts of energy, will take 8 years in the Darhovein district of the city of Ahvaz, Khuzestan province. The project is expected to cost about $2 billion.

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