Iran's Bushehr power plant to be launched this summer: official

08:25, April 23, 2010      

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Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Thursday that the country's first nuclear power plant will be launched this summer as planned, the local satellite Press TV reported.

Based on an agreement between Iran and Russia, the Bushehr nuclear plant in southern Iran is scheduled to come on stream by August, said Salehi.

"The Russians are working hard on the Bushehr nuclear plant and we will see it come online in summer," Salehi was quoted as saying.

In February, Salehi said the country's first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr is only one test away from operation, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The country's 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant was originally constructed in the mid-1970s by Siemens of Germany, but was abandoned with the outbreak of the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran and Russia, after reaching an agreement on nuclear cooperation in 1992, signed a contract in January 1995 to finish the construction of the plant, the completion of which has been repeatedly delayed.

Source:Xinhua

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