Iran is planning to build nine new nuclear power plants by 2025, the country’s atomic energy agency has announced.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), revealed on 9 April to local media that the nine nuclear power facilities would enable the country to meet its target for atomic energy to contribute to 10 per cent of total power production.

In 2014, Russia agreed to build up to eight nuclear reactors for Iran to pursue its nuclear power programme. The agreement will involve Russian companies building two nuclear reactors, with scope for an additional six reactors if required.

Russian state nuclear power provider commissioned Iran’s first Nuclear Power Plant at Bushehr in 2013.