Iran to design new heavy water reactor
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is taking the initial steps to design another heavy-water reactor similar to an existing one in the city of Arak, spokesman for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Abolfazl Amouei said.
According to Press TV, he said the AEOI’s spokesman had announced the matter in a meeting with members of the Committee also attended by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Mohsen Baharvand.
Amouei said the implementation of a new law called the "Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Safeguard Interests of Iranian People" was examined during the meeting.
He noted that during the Sunday meeting, AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi had presented a report about the implementation of different articles of the action plan.
"According to the timetable, the AEOI will design a reactor similar to Arak's heavy-water facility before its reconstruction," the lawmaker said.
The Iranian lawmaker further quoted Kamalvandi as saying that the AEOI is developing the timetable for designing the new reactor according to Article 5 of the action plan.
The committee will soon receive a report on the issue, Amouei said, adding that" the installation of IR-2M centrifuge [machines] has started."