Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Iran nuclear agreement: no worries, just two more nuclear plants to be built

That's right, Iran is to build two more plants.  Nothing to see here, go back to sleep.

From the Times of Israel December 4

‘Iran plans two more nuclear plants at Bushehr’
Iran is reportedly talking to Russia about building two more nuclear plants in Bushehr province, according to a senior official who spoke to an Iranian media outlet on Tuesday.
The head of the Iranian Parliament’s Energy Committee Jalil Jafari Boneh Khalkhal told the semi-official Fars news agency that the second and third atomic power plants will be similar to the existent facility in the southern province, but with higher safety standards.

President Hassan Rouhani announced on Saturday that Iran would build a second nuclear plant at Bushehr.

“Our first nuclear power plant is active in the (Bushehr) province which will develop, God willing,” Rouhani said in a speech Saturday night to officials in Bushehr province, Iran’s Fars news agency reported Sunday.

The current Bushehr reactor was built by Russia and reached full capacity last year. “Based on our estimates, the second nuclear power plant will be built in the same province and I hope that we can use the facilities of this province,” Rouhani said.

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday that the Islamic Republic needs more nuclear power plants, the country’s official news agency reported.

Salehi said the additional nuclear power would help the country reduce its carbon emissions and its consumption of oil, IRNA reported. He said Iran should produce 150 tons of nuclear fuel to supply five nuclear power plants.

“We should take required action for building power plants for 20,000 megawatts of electricity” in the long term, Salehi said.

If the nuclear program is for civilian power, where is the grid infrastructure needed to distribute that power?  Look at Google earth and try to find anything that looks like a power distribution grid.  There isn't one, so the question becomes; how will the power generated by nuclear power plants get to the people?  Or is the program not for civilian power but nuclear weapons?  Time will tell, but by then it may be too late.

Read it all

No comments: