Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Fuel injection operations start in Bushehr NPP

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 21, IRNA -- The fuel injection operations started in the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran Saturday morning.

Iran’s Vice Presdient Ali Akbar Salehi who also presides over Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and chief of Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, were present when the operations started.

Today, the main fuel of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant will be transferred to a pool located beside the heart of the reactor.

The transfer will mark operation of 163 nuclear fuel facilities at the reactor, which is the beating heart and the most exceptional nuclear facility worldwide.

The main fuel for the power plant is brought out of a storage house outside the reactor compound.

Salehi had earlier said that after eight days, fuel will be transferred to the heart of the reactor from the pool in case related operations are successfully completed and necessary arrangements are made for the purpose. Within about 10 days, 163 nuclear fuel facilities will start operation, making delivery of 82 tons of initial fuel to the heart of the reactor possible.

Some 82 tons of fresh fuel assemblies for the Bushehr nuclear power plant was imported in eight consignments to Iran from Russia from December 17, 2007, to January 28, 2008.

Salehi also said that once the fuel fully enters the heart of the reactor, the power plant will be ready for operation.

Salehi believes that the so-called Iran-style start-up will take place early September. Operation of the power plant reactor, however, does not mean connection of the reactor’s electricity to the nationwide power grid. Rather, the reactor will start generating power but it will take about two months to get it connected to the nationwide power grid.

Germany’s Siemens in 1974 started operations for construction of two units of the power plant 12 kms south of Bushehr. Germans, who had received five billion marks from Iran that year to complete the projects, refused to complete them and abandoned the work immediately after the triumph of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

On August 25, 1992, Iran signed a comprehensive deal with Russia for nuclear cooperation. Under the agreement, Russian nuclear agency Atomstroyexport embarked on the project on January 8, 1995.

Once the fueling operations are completed, the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant will reach an irreversible point. It will be subject to all international regulations and protocols, including the IAEA and the UN Security Council resolutions and regulations as well as the final statement of the NPT Review Conference would and any attack on the facility will hence be regarded as an international crime due to its global consequences.

Salehi and Kiriyenko have already started their negotiations at the site.

They are to take part in a joint press conference later today.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1289404



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