Iran has revealed plans to open up a new nuclear power plant, stirring further controversy regarding the country’s nuclear investments.
The building, which aims to boost the country’s electrical generation through the nearly greenhouse gas emission-free power source, is planned to enter its developmental phase as early as 2014.
The power plant is expected to have a 1,000-megawatt capacity and will be located in Bushehr. Further plants have also been mentioned by Iranian news publications as part of a follow-up plan over the next few years.
It would seem Iran is amping up its nuclear presence, something that has kept the world on red alert for some time. The Iranian industry is seeking the aid of foreign workers in order to complete this latest project and further developments encouraging nuclear power. This is, however, causing trouble for the country. Foreign industries are stepping back from participating in nuclear aid, with many countries questioning the legitimacy of Iran’s nuclear program.
Countries such as Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US have urged the UN Security Council to strictly monitor Iran’s nuclear activities due to suspicions that the country is manufacturing weapons.
The Iranian government is, however, standing by its nuclear program, saying their ambitions are limited to greener energy production and medical research and development.
There are also designs for a 360-megawatt nuclear plant for Darkhovin Khuzestan at the Iraq border, though those designs have yet to be thoroughly reviewed and approved.
In any event, the Iranian industry is showing a clear commitment to nuclear energy. The process of developing electricity in a nuclear plant is ‘greener’ than conventional energy generators such as coal due to the lack of carbon dioxide emitted in the process. It remains unclear – and, some would say, unlikely – that the choice to promote further nuclear development is for environmental reasons.
It is, however, a choice that is continuing to stir debate, with suspicions continuing to rise regarding Iran’s nuclear interest.