Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Nuclear Country Notes
Iran (Islamic Republic)
Construction of two 1 200 MWe PWRs started at Bushehr in the mid-1970s, but work was suspended following the 1979 revolution. In April 2006, the IAEA reported that Iran had one unit under construction: Bushehr-1 (1 000 MWe gross, 915 MWe net). Iran signed an agreement with Russia in September 2006 for the supply of nuclear fuel assemblies in the following March, with a view to Bushehr-1 reaching initial criticality in September 2007 and grid connection some two months later. By end-April 2007, the completion schedule for the plant had been extended for an unspecified period, on account of a financial dispute with the Russian contractor AtomStroyExport.
Iran announced an international tender in April 2007 for the design and construction of two light-water reactors, each of up to 1 600 MWe, for installation near Bushehr.