Iran building new nuclear reactor in Isfahan

Feb 6, 2024



iran Said on Monday it is building a fourth nuclear research reactor in Central City isfahanDays after the announcement of the construction of a new nuclear power plant complex in the south of the country.
“Today, the process of pouring concrete for the reactor foundation at the Isfahan site began,” Mohammad EslamiState news agency IRNA quoted the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization as saying.
IRNA described the new 10-MW reactor as a “research reactor” and said it would have a variety of applications, including fuel and nuclear material testing and the production of industrial radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. The Isfahan Nuclear Research Center is already home to three reactors.
The country's nuclear program has been criticized internationally, with experts outside the country concerned that the program ultimately seeks to create nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, Iran says it has no such intention and that its nuclear program is only for civilian use.
Iran faces a series of US sanctions since Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 from an international accord signed in 2015 that was aimed at curbing Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions.
Iran wants capability to rival major nuclear energy players
In January, Rafael Grossi, director general of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear watchdog,Said that Iran was “restricting” cooperation with the agency and described Iran's nuclear position as “disappointing”.
Mohammad Eslami, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said last Thursday that a new nuclear power plant complex was being built sirikAnd its combined daily generation capacity will be 5,000 MW.
“We have to reach a production capacity of 20,000 megawatts of nuclear energy in the country by the year 2041,” Eslami said during a visit to the region with President Ibrahim Raisi.
The United States, France, China, Russia, and South Korea are the only five countries in the world that currently have more than 20,000 MW of installed nuclear capacity.
Iran currently has one operational nuclear power plant in Bushehr, producing approximately 3,000 MW.
According to IRNA, the Sirik plants should be operational by 2031.
(Content courtesy: DW News)



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