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Bushehr N-Plant to Resume Work in May

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TEHRAN, April 9 (ICANA) – The Iranian foreign minister has confirmed that fuel is being reloaded in the Bushehr nuclear plant and that it will resume work in early May.
Saturday, April 09, 2011 10:23:20 PM
Bushehr N-Plant to Resume Work in May

“God willing, the reactor [at Bushehr nuclear plant] will reach the critical phase between May 5 and May 10,” Ali-Akbar Salehi told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.

His remarks come one day after Russia's Atomstroyexport Company, which oversaw the plant's construction, said in a statement that the refueling operation started after an inspection and a cleanup of the reactor and the plant's circulation piping.

On October 26, Iran started injecting fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the initial phase of its launch. However, engineers began removing the fuel rods in late February for safety reasons.

Salehi said the fuel was removed from the reactor's core and was “washed and checked ... and its reloading began as of yesterday.”

The unloading of the fuel has delayed the plant's connection to the national electricity grid, initially scheduled at the beginning of 2011.

Bushehr, which is Iran's first nuclear power plant, operates under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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