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Iran Receives Second Batch of N. Fuel for Bushehr Power Plant

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TEHRAN, May 12 (ICANA) – Tehran confirmed that Russia has delivered the second batch of nuclear fuel for Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:30:05 PM
Iran Receives Second Batch of N. Fuel for Bushehr Power Plant

"This consignment was shipped, taking into account all safety measures and legal procedures, and has been transported to its designated area in the nuclear reactor," Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Hamid Khadem-Qaemi said, according to a statement released by the organization on Wednesday.

Qaemi said the fuel, which has been prepared in advance for the reactor's second year of operation, was air couriered to Iran from Russia on three separate flights.

The reactor's first consignment of fuel weighed 86 tons and was delivered to the reactor in eight portions.

On Monday, FNA dispatches from Bushehr said that Iranian and Russian experts finished loading fuel into the heart of the power plant and that nuclear fuel consumption has started in the power plant, meaning that it is now running activity.

The plant will continue working for two weeks before it generates electricity.

The power plant will join the national grid by the next two months.

Iran signed a deal with Russia in 1995, according to which the plant was originally scheduled for completion in 1999. However, the project was repeatedly delayed by the Russian side due to the intense pressure exerted on Moscow by the United States and its western allies. Russia finally completed construction of the plant last summer.

On October 26, Iran started injecting fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the initial phase of launching the nuclear reactor.

The facility operates under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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