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Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium has doubled since Iran began its nuclear development programme, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has told a recent meeting of Iranian lawmakers. Eslami praised parliament for passing the “Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interests” in December 2020, saying the law had contributed to the development of Iran’s nuclear industry.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
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Iran has begun construction of a 10 MW pool-type light water reactor nuclear research reactor of its own design in Isfahan.

Date: Wednesday, 02 November 2022
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The head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami, has said that construction of a new research reactor in the central city of Isfahan will begin in the coming weeks. One of its tasks will be to test nuclear fuel for other reactors. nuclear fuel test for other reactors. He made the announcement during a visit to the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) at the Isfahan site.

Date: Tuesday, 02 August 2022
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Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said on 18 March construction of two new nuclear power units has begun at the Bushehr site.  

Date: Monday, 25 March 2019
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The Bulgarian government on 16 May requested parliament to lift a ban on the development of the 2000MWe Belene NPP after state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) confirmed its interest in the project. Parliament has given the government until end-June to decide how to proceed. Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has said Bulgaria plans to launch a tender in 2018 to pick a strategic investor for the  €10bn ($11.92bn) plant. She has invited France’s Framatome, majority controlled by EDF, to take part and the European Investment Bank (EIB) is also looking into the project. In March, Petkova said CNNC had officially confirmed its interest in Belene NPP but that EIB interest would depend on the government’s financing plan. Meanwhile, several opposition parties are calling on the government to abandon the project, alleging that its completion would double domestic electricity prices.

Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018
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Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom will transfer Iran’s Bushehr NPP to use the more efficient TVS-2M nuclear fuel. The TVS-2M fuel, which has higher burn-up and operational characteristics, will be used at Bushehr 1, Alexander Evseev, production director of the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (part of TVEL) said in an interview with the corporate publication of the Russian nuclear industry "Country Rosatom”.  He added that both Bushehr and India’s Kudankulam NPP would transition to the new fuel shortly. 
Second generation TVS-2M is now the main type of fuel for Russian-built nuclear plants with the VVER-1000 reactors. TVS-2M fuel makes possible longer fuel cycles and increased power and also has improved safety characteristics. Bushehr 1 is a unique facility with no analogues in the world. Its construction was started in 1974 by the German concern Kraftwerk Union (Siemens/KWU), but in 1980 the West German government joined the US sanctions imposed on Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, and construction was discontinued.

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018
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Saudi Arabia has sent a request for information (RFI) to international suppliers to build two nuclear power plants, the first step towards a formal tender, Reuters reported on 31 October citing “three sources”.

Date: Saturday, 04 November 2017
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Iranian and Russian officials meeting in Moscow on 8 April underlined the need to increase nuclear cooperation. Deputy head and spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi held separate meetings with senior officials from Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom during which it was agreed that delegations from Iran and Russia would regularly exchange visits. The discussions also covered implementation of a number of projects planned in the wake of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, France, the UK, Russia and China plus Germany as well as the European Union).

Date: Monday, 01 May 2017
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