Iran has proposed a project with Hungary to design and develop a small nuclear reactor that could be sold across Asia and Africa, while being built in the Islamic republic.
Iran’s Ali Akbar Salehi said he envisions a joint pilot project with Hungary to design a 25 megawatt (MW) reactor and another one of up to 100MW, a size he said would be marketable across Asia and Africa. He told a conference in Budapest small reactors would be more affordable to poorer countries and require less cooling water, a critical consideration in Africa and Asia.
Iran will build two more Russian-designed large reactors in addition to its current single reactor at the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, a project that could take a decade, Salehi said.
“After these three reactors, we have made our decision that we would look into small reactors,” he said.
Hungary has a single nuclear reactor at Paks, currently operates four updated Soviet-made reactors and has signed an agreement with Russia to double the Paks plant’s capacity, using Russian technology and financing.
Source: Kallanish Energy