The head of Iran's nuclear program says the country needs more nuclear power plants.
Head of Iran's nuclear program, Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran's official news agency IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi on December 1 as saying Iran should build "power plants for 20,000 megawatts of electricity."
Salehi said it would help the country reduce its carbon emissions and its consumption of oil.
He said building any single 1,000-megawatt power plant annually saves up to 8 million barrels of oil and cuts 7 million tons of carbon emissions.
Salehi said Iran is in "serious" talks with Russia to build such plants.
Iran's only nuclear power plant near Bushehr produces 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
Iran just agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in return for Western powers easing crippling economic sanctions.
Based on reporting by AP and mehr.com
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