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Russian: Bushehr Power Plant Gradually Reaching Full Capability

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TEHRAN, June 5 (ICANA) – A Russian foreign ministry spokesman announced that the country has adopted necessary measures to gradually enhance capability of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.
Sunday, June 05, 2011 6:38:58 PM
Russian: Bushehr Power Plant Gradually Reaching Full Capability

"On May 8 [2011], the [Bushehr] nuclear power plant's first phase was launched with [its] fullest controllable capability (25 percent of the reactor's capability)," Alexander Lukashevich said.

"Currently, measures are being taken, in line with the schedule, to gradually enhance the plant's capability," he added.

The Russian official underlined that the plant's construction and its coming on stream "are in complete accordance with the current international regulations and are being carried out under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency."

Earlier in June, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbassi announced that Tehran would soon declare a date for the formal launch of operation of its first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr.

"God willing, we will announce the date for launching the Bushehr nuclear power plant in due time," Abbassi stated.

Iranian Envoy to Russia Seyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi had announced in April that Iran's first nuclear power plant would join the national power grid within two months.

Sajjadi said the atomic plant in Bushehr would start generating electricity in six weeks.

Earlier this month, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the main reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant would be launched within weeks.

"The final launch of Bushehr is a matter of the coming weeks," Ryabkov said.

Meantime, Iranian sources had earlier revealed that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev or Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as well as Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would take part in Bushehr's inauguration ceremony.

Bushehr Governor-General, Mohammad Hossein Jahanbakhsh said President Ahmadinejad and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev or prime minister Vladimir Putin will attend the inauguration ceremony.

The second consignment of fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant was delivered from Russia in April.

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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