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Iran to launch Bushehr nuclear power plant early February

(Xinhua)

10:38, November 24, 2011

TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced Wednesday that Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant will be launched with its full capacity early February, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant has undergone numerous tests to eliminate occurences of malfunction, head of AEOI Fereidoon Abbasi was quoted as saying.

On Oct. 16, AEOI announced that Bushehr nuclear power plant completed the preliminary stage of its connection to the national grid "successfully" and was temporarily disconnected in order to undergo some tests.

The power plant would be reconnected soon and would reach its full capacity in November, according to AEOI's announcement.

Iran held a ceremony in September to mark the preliminary launch of the delayed Bushehr project.

The construction of the plant halted when the United States imposed a hi-tech embargo on Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Russia signed a contract with Iran in 1998 to complete the construction. But the project was postponed several times due to technical and financial challenges as well as pressure from the United States.

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