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FULL NUCLEAR CYCLE UNLIKELY TO BE FORMED IN IRAN

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) -A full nuclear cycle is rather unlikely to be formed in Iran. This opinion was uttered this Monday at a RIA Novosti press-conference by Alexander Rumyantsev, chief of the Federal Nuclear Energy Agency (Rosatom).

In his opinion, "the creation of a full nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium extraction and dressing, fuel production and placement in a reactor as well as evacuation, processing and burying are cost-effective if at least 8,000-10,000 MW of the capacities are made use of."

The first nuclear bloc being built by Russian experts in Bushehr is meant for 1,000 MW and expected to be physically launched in 2005. Its inauguration is planned for 2006.

Rumyantsev also told reporters that Russia would appreciate to join a consortium on the completion of the Chernovod nuclear plant in Romania.

"Canadian reactors operating on "heavy water" (one of them is mounted at the Chernovod nuclear facility) are technologically incompatible with ours, but we still could be useful in this consortium," said Rumyantsev. He implied equipment delivery.



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