Ahmadiyan was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying that majority of the sites are located in the Southern parts of the country.

"According to the feasibility studies, there are 16 selected sties, 10 located on the coastal rim of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman (in Southern Iran), which enjoy higher priorities (compared to other potential locations) for the construction nuclear power plants," Ahmadiyan added.

Iran was divided into six regions, each in turn was commissioned to a consulting engineering company to conduct feasibility studies in a bid to choose suitable locations for the construction of nuclear plants.

The Iranian officials have insisted that the country needs enough atomic reactors to generate a total of 20,000MW of electricity by 2020.

Tehran officially took over the control the 1,000MW Bushehr nuclear power plant from Russia for two years in September 2013, according to the news agency.