June 1, 2011

Iran's Bushehr Plant to Join National Grid

From Xinhua:
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Tuesday that his country is getting ready to connect Bushehr nuclear power plant to the national grid in one month, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Talking to reporters, Salehi said, "the power plant is approaching steam production stage and we hope that, in the following month, the steam production capacity of the plant to reach to a point so that it could be fed into turbine to generate electricity," said IRNA. . . .

Asked whether the Russian president or premier will attend the opening ceremony, he said that "Tehran will announce its opinion about it in due time," according to IRNA. . . .

Construction of the Bushehr plant was started in 1975 by several German companies. However, the work halted when the United States imposed an embargo on hi-tech supplies to Iran after the 1979 revolution. Russia signed a contract with Iran to complete the construction in 1998. Completion of the plant's construction was postponed several times by mounting technical and financial challenges and pressure from the U.S..

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