Iran has begun pouring concrete for the wall of the second unit at the Bushehr NPP. The director of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami, said this would raise the level of the wall from -4.5 metres to ground level. He added that plans had been put in place to expedite the construction of units 2&3 at the plant. Eslami noted that Iran is also building a water desalination unit at the power plant and a team of experts accompanied him on his visit to Bushehr for further studies on the project. He stressed the importance of “removing the obstacles in the path of advancing the construction project of units 2&3 at the Bushehr nuclear plant”. He noted that the construction process had witnessed a 28-month delay and expressed hope that the project would get back on track in the near future as a result of the financial support and other measures that will be taken in this regard.
Bushehr unit 1, built by Rosatom, began in 2011 and reached full capacity the following year. Rosatom subsidiary ASE, which is the general contractor for the Bushehr project, and Nuclear Power Production and Development Company of Iran signed an EPC turnkey contract for construction of two VVER-1000 reactors Bushehr 2&3 in 2014 and preliminary work began at the site in December 2016. In March 2017, construction officially began of the two units, which were planned to be commissioned in 2024 and 2026. Pouring of first concrete for Bushehr 2 took place in November 2019.