Iraqi Government Expresses an Interest in Nuclear Power

Jun 14, 2021
Iraqi Government Expresses an Interest in Nuclear Power

On June 8th, 2021, the Chairman of the Iraqi Radioactive Sources Regulatory Authority announced an interest in developing a domestic nuclear energy program citing a need to alleviate widespread power shortages. According to the statement, Iraq is planning to build and commission eight reactors by 2030 with a combined capacity of 11 Giga Watt. This will reportedly help the country meet the expected 50% increase in electricity demand by the time the reactors are commissioned. Iraqi officials were quoted by media sources as saying that the project will cost $40bn to complete and that discussions were already held with prospective partners such as Russia and South Korea.

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