Iran’s Vice President, Ali Akbar Salehi, said he envisaged a joint pilot project with Hungary to design a 25-megawatt reactor and then a reactor of up to 100 megawatts, a size he said would be marketable across Asia and Africa.
He told a conference in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, that small reactors would be more affordable to poorer countries and require less cooling water, a critical consideration in Africa and Asia.
“One particular project that I suggested was to see if we can… together design a small reactor of 25 megawatts”, Mr. Salehi said. “It was received well and we hope that we can start this project, just on paper. “It requires a lot of scientific work to come up with such a design, certainly a number of years of hard work. We want to see if we can do this”, he said.
Referring to the lifting of international sanctions on Iran’s economy last year, Mr. Salehi added: “We intend to fully utilize all commercial and technical opportunities, including the pursuit of peaceful nuclear activities, emanating from this deal.
At the meeting, Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said that under the nuclear agreement between the two countries, the Hungarian government will continue and expand the training of Iranian nuclear experts. He also expressed the country’s support for EU assistance in Iranian nuclear training and the establishment of scientific cooperation on the non-violent use of nuclear power. Negotiations will also be begun on the possible participation of Hungarian companies in exploiting Iranian carbohydrogen reserves, he added.
A total of 1100 Iranian students are currently studying at Hungarian universities and the country would like to increase this number further, the foreign minister stressed.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited Tehran late last year.
via yahoo.com and hvg.hu