Iran is to build a second nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr, by early 2014, state television reported Sunday, according to news reports.
"Iran will build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr next year," state television quoted Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, as saying, according to a report on Afghanistan news site Tolo News.
He was referring to the Iranian calendar year, running from March 2013 to March 2014, the site said.
The current Bushehr nuclear plant was started by German engineers in the 1970s, before Iran's Islamic Revolution, and was completed by Russia, which continues to help keep it running and provides fuel for it, Tolo News said.
Iran has repeatedly said in recent years that it is planning to build more nuclear power plants but nothing has been offered to show that any work is under way, according to a report by The Associated Press.
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