The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) expects to begin construction of its second nuclear power plant in Bushehr in October.
AhlulBayt News Agency quoted AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying: "We'll try to start construction of the next nuclear power plant in Bushehr within the next one and a half months."
Being constructed by Rosatom, the facility is expected to be in operation by October 2024. Sputnik reported that Rosatom intends to complete the plant's third unit by 2026.
The first nuclear plant in the province commenced operations in 2011 and achieved full capacity in 2012.
Iran is holding talks with several countries, including Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, China, Bulgaria, and Kazakhstan to explore nuclear cooperation.
In addition, seven national projects are being implemented in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, including plant construction and management of nuclear waste. Nine research projects are also underway, covering uranium, water, and agriculture.
Russia and Iran signed an agreement to expand cooperation in the area of civilian nuclear energy in 2014. Under this agreement, eight nuclear reactors will be constructed in Bushehr.