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Bushehr nuclear power plant operating at full capacity: operator
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TEHRAN - Iran's first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr is operating at maximum capacity, the operator of the plant said.

Speaking during a visit to the plant by Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Wednesday, Mahmoud Jafari said the operation "saves the country 8.5 million barrels of oil annually," the Fars news agency reported.

Jafari also blasted the Western animosity towards Iran for its civilian nuclear activities, saying, "Although the Bushehr nuclear power plant was exempt from the sanctions, the West prevented the supply of the equipment [needed by the power generation facility] to Iran."

Iran signed a deal with the Germans to build the facility, but Berlin did not comply with the agreement following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. The Germans did not return the huge sums that they had received from the former Pahlavi regime for the construction of the power plant either.

Then the Islamic Republic signed the Bushehr contract with Russia in 1995 and the nuclear power plant reached its full capacity by August 2012. It is located about 18 kilometers south of the provincial capital.  The Bushehr nuclear plant adds 1,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid when operating at full capacity.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced late in August that Tehran would sign a contract with Russia in the near future to build two new nuclear power plants in the southern province of Bushehr.

MD/PA

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