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1st phase of Bushehr NPP to be operational by end of Ramadan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 14, IRNA -- Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), Fereydoun Abbasi, said here on Sunday that the first phase of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) will be commissioned by the end of the fasting month of Ramadan (August 2-31).

Abbasi noted that since the plant will be commissioned in various stages after necessary tests, the personnel should not focus on such marginal issues as the accurate date of commissioning at the cost of ignoring importance to taking main safety measures.

The official stressed the need to observe high standard safety measures, mainly because of the incidents that happened in Fukushima Power Plant already.

If the tests are completed, the power plant will surely become operational by the end of Ramadan, Abbasi said.

Abbasi projected that the plant will be inaugurated later November or December.

He further noted that the commissioning was time-consuming in view of observing even the slightest international standards on the project.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has always been monitoring various stages of the project, he said, noting that the plant will have no pollution and the reactors have been designed so carefully that the people can approach them.

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