Russian and Iranian firms began work on two additional reactors at Iran’s nuclear power plant on the Gulf coast at Bushehr. The two units will add over 2,000 MW of nuclear power generating capacity over a ten-year period and will cost up to $10b, the Daily Mail reported.

Iranian Nuclear Chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said: “according to the timetable envisaged, the first and second units will be constructed respectively over 108 and 126 months with the cooperation of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom),” according to Tehran Times.

As a spin-off of the project, desalinations facilities with a daily capacity of 200,000cm will be established, which can lower costs affiliated with water supply for southern cities of the semi-arid country.

The agreement with Rosatom marks the second cooperation between the two countries since 1992 when the Russian company started completing the Bushehr nuclear power plant.