Iran Invites Bids For Two Nuclear Power Plants

16 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Iran Invites Bids For Two Nuclear Power Plants</h1><p>April 16 (EIRNS)--In the midst of a major controversy over its nuclear program, Tehran announced that it is seeking bids to build two nuclear power plants near the southern Iranian city of Bushehr, reported Agence France Press on April 16.</p><p>The announcement was made by Ahmed Fayyaz-Bakhsh, the deputy chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, who said companies worldwide, including the U.S. companies, can bid on plants which would have the capacity between 1000 megawatts (MW) to 1600 MW, and cost approximately $1.7 billion each. The construction time is not to exceed ten years.</p><p>Meanwhile, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr. Mohammed El Baradei has called on Iran and Israel to join a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, added AFP from Vienna, Austria (where the IAEA is based), on April 16. Reports indicate El Baradei made the appeal after his talks with King Abdullah of Jordan. El Baradei also said the IAEA is ready to help Jordan to develop its nuclear energy for peaceful use.</p></div></body>