On 31 October 2017, a festive ceremony of commencement of works at the
foundation pit of the main buildings of Unit 2 of Bushehr NPP (Bushehr-2
Project) took place in the province of Bushehr (Iran).
The ceremony was opened by Alexey Likhachev, General Director of Rosatom
State Corporation, and Ali Akbar Salehi,
Vice-President and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The event was attended
by heads of atomic industry companies of the two countries, Irani nuclear
industry specialists, representatives of the local authorities and the
population of the city of Bushehr.
As per the contract for the second stage of Bushehr NPP signed in November
2014, two power units of the Russian design with the total capacity of 21000 MW
are to be constructed next to power unit No 1 which is already
The Russian power units VVER-1000 are a referent generation 3+ design that
complies with the strictest post-Fukushima safety requirements. In September 2016 the first stone was laid for
the construction followed by preparatory works at the site. The arrangement of the foundation pit marks a
transfer to the stage of practical implementation of Bushehr-2 Project.
Before the ceremony A.Likhachev and A.A.Salehi visited the operating unit 1 of
Bushehr NPP which became the symbol of cooperation between Russia and Iran in
the field of peaceful use of atomic energy. The power unit, which Russian nuclear
specialists actually completed after the previous contractor, using original
know-how for the Russian VVER reactor and training Irani operators, was the
first in the Middle East and unique for the global nuclear industry. After its commissioning in 2011, Unit No 1 has
proven its operational reliability.
While greeting the ceremony participants, Rosatom general director stated that
cooperation experience already gathered will help experts of both countries to
effectively solve any task within Bushehr-2 NPP project. “I am sure that this
biggest Russian and Iranian project is a symbol of our cooperation both for our
generation and for the generation of our children. As of today circa 25 bln.
kWh have already been generated at the first Bushehr power unit – and it is a
considerable contribution to the economy of Iran, that makes it possible to
direct additional funds to the development both of social and industrial
sectors of the country”, Mr. Likhachev said.
In his reply the director of Atomic Energy
Organization of IRI Ali Akbar Salehi noted: “Today we are witnessing
commencement of the soil excavation for construction of the second power unit
of Bushehr NPP. We are in line with the time schedule and even a little bit
ahead of the deadlines. I hope that within 7 years we will see commissioning of
this power unit, and in another two years the NPP third power unit will be
commissioned within the framework of the plant second phase.”
Bushehr NPP second phase project is financed by the
Irani party. The project general contractor is ASE (Atomstroyexport), a company
of Rosatom. Construction of the foundation pit for power unit 3 is expected in
2018, the “first concrete” for power unit 2 - in 2019.