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Atomstroiexport head starts talks with Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 1, IRNA
Iran-Russia-Bushehr
Head of the Russian state-owned Atomstroiexport company, the nuclear contractor of Iran's Bushehr power plant, Sergei Shmatko started talks with Iranian nuclear officials.

Head of Public Relations Department of Iran's Atomic Energy Development and Production Company Kamran Kamrani made the remark in an exclusive interview with IRNA on Sunday.

He said that Shmatko, who arrived in Tehran early Sunday at the head of a technical and financial delegation, started talks with officials of Iran's Atomic Energy Development and Production Company.

"The sides are to discuss reasons behind delay in executive operation of Bushehr power plant, in southern Iranian Bushehr province," he added.

The Iranian delegation to the talks is headed by Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ahmad Fayyazbakhsh.

Atomstroiexport started construction of the first nuclear power plant in Iran's Bushehr city on January 8, 1995. It has so far postponed its commissioning five times under different pretexts.

Based on a primary agreement, Bushehr power plant was set to be inaugurated in 1999.

Based on the fifth agreement signed by Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Reza Aqazadeh and Russia's Atomic Energy Chief, Sergei Kiriyenko, on September 26, 2006, the first phase of the power plant was to be test-operated by end of September 2007 by the Russian contractor.

The Russian side also agreed to finally inaugurate the plant in November 2007 and send its fuel to Tehran six months ahead of its inauguration.

The Russian company had earlier claimed that it could not complete the project on its due time because Iran had not complied with its financial commitments on time.

Iran dismissed claims by the Russian contractor and declared that it had fulfilled its commitments according to the schedule.

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