Russia: Bushehr nuclear station to go on stream Aug. 21

August 14, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN – The launch of Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has been set for August 21, the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) said on Friday.

Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov told RIA Novosti that the first reactor at the Bushehr plant would be loaded with nuclear fuel on August 21.
“From then on, it (the reactor) will be qualified as (an operational) nuclear power plant,” Novikov said.
A Russian delegation headed by Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko will attend the launch ceremony.
However, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi said on Friday the plant will come on stream on mid-Shahrivar, the Iranian calendar month which starts on August 23 and ends September 22.
“The fuel of Bushehr reactor will be transferred to the reactor complex by the end of the next week and then to the heart of the reactor in two weeks, and accordingly the Bushehr plant will be operational in the second half of Shahrivar,” Salehi told the Mehr News Agency.
However, the plant to produce electricity more time is needed, he added.
According to Salehi, the reactor will reach 50 percent of its capacity in one-and-half months since it is fed with fuel.
The reactor needs six or seven months to reach its full capacity, he noted.
The construction of the nuclear plant was begun in 1975 by several German construction companies. They pulled out following a U.S. embargo on high-technology supplies to Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Russia signed a contract with Iran to complete construction in February 1998.
On June 9, 2010, the UN Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
Later, the United States and the European Union imposed extra sanctions against Iran, including tougher restrictions on the energy sector and a tougher trade embargo.
However, the Bushehr power plant has not been affected by the sanctions