Report: Iran to issue tenders for the 19 new nuclear power plants

Iran plans to build 19 more nuclear power plants and will soon issue bids for their construction, a lawmaker has said. "Contracts for the construction of 19 nuclear power plants, each with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, will be put into international tender in the near future," Kazem Jalali was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Jalali, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said the bids will be in line with parliamentary legislation that calls for production of 20,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear power plants in the future. Jalali, who made his comments on Sunday, gave no timeframe. He is not a government official, and his comments do not necessarily represent the position of the Iranian government.