Fuel to be loaded into core of Bushehr reactor today

October 26, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Top legislature Alaeddin Boroujerdi announced on Monday that fuel will be loaded into the core of the Bushehr nuclear reactor today.

Boroujerdi, made the remarks in a meeting of members of the Majlis Foreign Policy and National Security Committee and ambassadors of 14 African countries to Iran which was held here on Monday.
On September 11, Iran’s Nuclear Chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced that nuclear fuel will be loaded into the core of the Bushehr reactor at the beginning of the Iranian calendar month of Mehr (September 23 to October 22), and afterwards, the Bushehr nuclear power plant will begin operation, but later it was announced that the launch of Bushehr power plant was delayed one month due to some minor technical problems.
The plant, located near the port of Bushehr on the coast of the Persian Gulf, will produce 1000 megawatts of electricity once all the fuel rods are loaded into the core of the reactor.
The Bushehr reactor may save Iran 11 million barrels of crude oil or 1.8 billion cubic meters of gas per year, the London-based World Nuclear Association has estimated.
The plant will also put Iran at least a decade ahead of more prosperous Middle Eastern neighbors such as the United Arab Emirates, which plans to build four nuclear plants by 2020.