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Last group of Iranian shift engineers for Bushehr trained

IRNA

Voronezh, Russia, Oct 29, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- The last group of 
Iranian shift engineers for the Bushehr nuclear power plant has 
completed a course of training at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant
in Russia. 
The graduation examinations were attended by representatives of an
Iranian government agency, the chief of the Novovoronezh nuclear power
plant training center, Alexander Ivanchenko told Tass. 
The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant is scheduled 
to go into operation in the first months of 2005. By that time a total
of 700 Iranian specialists will have been trained at Novovoronezh in 
more than 30 specialties. 
Over 300 specialists have already completed training with the use 
of simulators approximating all conceivable processes at an operating 
nuclear power plant. 
The engineers trained in the last group will be responsible for 
commanding work shifts. 
"They are competent specialists with university degrees. Some 
received higher education in European countries. They have in-depth 
knowledge of how a nuclear power plant works and should be run," 
Ivanchenko said. 
/AH/210 
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