Nuclear power 'vital for Iran energy needs'
Manama, February 6, 2008
Nuclear power as well as alternative energy and fossil fuels are all options for Iran's growing energy needs.
Demand for electricity is likely to more than double in the next 10 years as more of the country is electrified and industry continues to grow, according to Iran Power Plants Projects Management's business development vice-president M A Dolatabadi.
While his company is not directly involved in the nuclear industry he believes that nuclear power must remain an option for Iran's growing energy demands.
Speaking to the Gulf Daily News at the Power-Gen Middle East conference and exhibition, he said that the country had to look at a wide range of options available to meet the needs of its expanding economy and the electrification of its entire rail network.
'We need to combine the use of hydrocarbon energy with solar energy and wind power and, if necessary with nuclear power,' he said.
'We are involved in developing numerous power plants across Iran and overseas but there is a point that the country may need to develop nuclear power.
'With the high price of oil we need to look at alternatives and these days nuclear power is not only economic but it is also clean and environmentally-friendly.'
The Power-Gen Middle East event, which has been running at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre since Monday, has its final session today.
The show has attracted some 125 exhibitors from 50 countries and visitor numbers are expected to have hit around 4,000.-TradeArabia News Service