News Analysis: Safety concerns behind fuel withdrawal from Iran's nuclear power plant (3)

08:45, March 02, 2011      

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Some analysts, however, say another possible crucial reason for the removal of fuel from the reactor is the use of outdated equipment in the plant and failure in operating the system.

On Monday, Iran's local ISNA news agency also referred to the decades-long mixed Russian-German technology in the Bushehr facility but highlighted the safety measures adopted in the plant.

The construction of the plant was started in the 1970s by a German company but was shelved shortly after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 as the German side pulled out of the deal.

Russia signed an agreement worth 1 billion U.S. dollars with Iran in 1995 to take over the project. Its completion, initially scheduled in 1999, was postponed several times by mounting technological and financial challenges and interruption under pressure from the West.

Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi told ISNA that due to the German-built infrastructure and mixture of Russian-German technology in the facility, the safety standards of the Iranian installations should be further promoted, implying the outdated equipment needs a lot of care and control.

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