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Iran expects Russia to complete Bushehr power plant on schedule

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 18, IRNA


Iran expected Russia to honor its commitments to complete Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran based on the previously agreed timetable, IAEO deputy chief said on Saturday.

According to the timetable, Iran's first nuclear power plant is to be operational in Autumn 2008.

Russia is scheduled to deliver the remaining one thousand ton of equipment within four months.

The 1000-MW power plant is being built in cooperation with Russia based on a contract signed in 1995.

It was scheduled to be completed in 2000, but was delayed over the past eight years for various reasons.

Construction of the power plant has, so far, had 94.8 percent physical progress, Deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ahmad Fayyaz-Bakhsh, who had recently inspected Bushehr power plant in southern Iran has told IRNA.

"If Moscow fulfilled its duties based on the previously agreed timetable and if there would be no technical problems, then Bushehr nuclear power plant would be inaugurated by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2008) and would be later completely operational in the coming year," Fayyaz-Bakhsh added.

On October 7, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Bushehr Power plant is scheduled to become operational in the first half of 2009.

Mottaki made the statement in Majlis in response to the questions raised by a number of MPs about the repeated delays in commissioning of the power plant by Russia.

In September, the minister had said that fuel supply accord for Bushehr plant would be finalized by the year end and then it "God willing, it will start generating electricity in the new Christian year."

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