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Russia to help Iran build second nuclear power plant

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Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said that Russia will cooperate with Iran in the construction of its second nuclear power plant in the early months of 2014.

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"We hope to see the construction of the country's second nuclear power station start at the beginning of the (Iranian calendar) year 1393 (starting March 21, 2014) by the Russians," said Mr. Salehi.

Under a protocol signed between Tehran and Moscow power plants with a capacity of up to 4,000 megawatts could be constructed in Iran. Earlier this week, Mr. Salehi had said most of Iran's new power plants will be built near the country's coasts in the South and the North. He added that a majority of Iran's new nuclear facilities will be on the Southern coasts of the Persian Gulf and Northern coasts of the Caspian Sea while another part would be in Central Iran.

Iranian officials say the Persian Gulf country needs enough atomic reactors to generate a total of 20,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020.

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