Bushehr N. Power Plant to Join National Grid in 40 Days
News number: 8908221816 18:39 | 2010-11-13
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior official of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran
(AEOI) announced on Saturday that the country's first nuclear power plant
will join the national power grid by the next 40 days.
"The Bushehr nuclear power plant will join the national power grid by the
next 40 year," Deputy Head of AEOI Behzad Soltani told reporters in Iran's
Northeastern city of Mashhad today.
He further assured that the sanctions imposed on the country by the West
could never undermine the country's nuclear progress, stressing that Iran's
future nuclear advancements will prove ineffectiveness of enemies'
On October 26, Iran began loading fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear
power plant reactor in a last step before the facility can start operation.
The move came after the country completed all principal tests of the power
plant, including 250 bar pressure, 110 bar pressure on the second orbit,
test on spherical metal with five load pressure as well as warm test which
were all conducted with success.
The fuel was injected into the heart of the reactor after doing overall
controls over the equipments of the first orbit and presenting the necessary
documents to the county's nuclear safety body and acquiring the necessary
certificates for the project.
In this phase 163 fuel rods will be injected into the plant's core. The
first nuclear power plant in Iran, region and the Middle East will start
operation after all fuel rods are sent to the center of the reactor.
AEOI Head Ali Akbar Salehi had earlier announced his organization hopes that
loading fuel into the Bushehr nuclear power plant reactor would complete in
55 days, and that the plant would join the national power grid in mid
Western corporations began the construction of the Bushehr facility in the
1970s. However, following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Western
companies reneged on their commitments and pulled out of the project due to
political pressure from Washington.
Iran then turned to Russia to complete the project. In 1992, Tehran and
Moscow signed a deal to complete the construction of the nuclear power
plant. Russia started building the nuclear facility in 1994.
The startup of the station, originally scheduled to be completed in 1999,
was delayed on several occasions, but it eventually seems that the nuclear
facility will start power generation in just a few weeks.