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Russia: No pretext for not putting Bushehr Nuclear Plant to use

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Mar 3, IRNA – Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko emphasizing that Iran has observed entire security standards regarding Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (BNP) said here Monday no pretext remains for not putting BNP to use on schedule.

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohsen Delaviz announced the news in an interview with IRNA Monday night, adding the Shmatko and AEOI Head Reza Aqazadeh held talks in Tehran on Monday afternoon focusing on broad potentials on both ends for cooperation, particularly in energy field.

Delaviz pointed out that while cooperation in energy field was the main theme of the two officials’ talks, Shmatko welcomed Aqazadeh’s proposal for continuation and strengthening of cooperation with Iran.

The two sides were agreed on the idea of establishing joint companies commissioned to manufacture parts for nuclear plants.

The BNP is located 15 kilometers south of Bushehr city and its building started in 1974 by a German company but they did not continue the work after the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979.

The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has the capacity of producing one thousand mega watts of electricity and its reactor uses light water. The plant is located 15 kilometers south of the port city of Bushehr and its building started in 1974 by a German company but it did not continue the work after the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. A Russian Company named "Atomstroyexport" signed a contract to complete the project in 1995.

The plant was test operated last Wednesday using dummy fuel in the presence of Aqazadeh and Alexander Kiriyenko, the head of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Corporation, who did not give an exact date for putting the BNP in use, but stressed that the test was an important stage of the operation and that the further progress of the project would be pursued at a faster pace.



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