MPs to investigate delay in launch of Bushehr power plant

April 7, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Majlis set up a six-member committee to scrutinize the delay in the launch of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, MP Hamid Reza Katouzian announced on Wednesday.

Mohammad Hassan Ghafourifard, a nuclear expert, will chair the special committee, Katouzian, a member of the Majlis Energy Committee, told the Mehr News Agency.
The committee will scrutinize the technical problems and financial issues related to the contract signed with Russia and it will give a report to the Majlis speaker and the energy committee, he added.
The committee will finish its studies in two months, he noted.
On January 28, Ali Akbar Salehi, the former director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced that the Bushehr power plant will be connected to the national grid by February 20. He also said that the plant would be able to work at full capacity by mid-April
It was planned that when the plant was first connected to the national grid, the reactor would produce 400 megawatts of electricity and within two or three months it would reach 100 percent of its capacity and produce 1000 megawatts of electricity, which accounts for one-fortieth of the electricity output of the country.
The power plant, which is located near the port of Bushehr on the coast of the Persian Gulf, was launched in August 2010 as engineers loaded the first of 163 fuel rods into the reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency