Iran's nuclear power plant to join national grid "soon": nuclear chief

13:16, May 24, 2011      

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Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi said the Bushehr nuclear power plant would join the national grid soon, semi-official ISNA news agency reported Monday.

"Bushehr nuclear power plant is becoming operational and its operational phase is passing a positive process," Abbasi said Sunday on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting.

"The facility will join the national grid soon. The achievement will be made public as soon as the nuclear plant is connected to the national grid," he was quoted as saying.

"No power has been generated from the facility so far and we are now only conducting experimental tests to launch the reactor," he said, adding that "we need to run the installation safely."

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier this month that Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant will be operational within weeks.

Construction of the Bushehr plant was started in 1975 by several German companies. However, the work halted when the United States imposed an embargo on hi-tech supplies to Iran after the 1979 revolution. Russia signed a contract with Iran to complete the construction in 1998.

Completion of the plant's construction was postponed several times by mounting technical and financial challenges and pressure from the U.S..

Source: Xinhua
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