Iran Links Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant To Grid

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Iranian state radio says the country’s first nuclear power plant has been connected to the national power grid for a test run.

The Sunday report quotes Mohammad Ahmadian, Iran‘s deputy nuclear chief, as saying the plant began to generate 60 megawatts of electricity about midnight.

According to Iran’s nuclear officials, Bushehr power plant will reach its 40 percent capacity during a ceremony which will be held on September 12.

Iran signed a deal with Russia in 1995, under which the plant was originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, but the completion of the project was repeatedly delayed. The nuclear power plant was finally finished with the help of Russia following a three-decade delay.

The plant was supposed to go online over the past years but it was repeatedly postponed.

Experts say firing up the Bushehr plant will not bring Iran any closer to building a nuclear bomb because Russia will supply the enriched uranium for the reactor and take away spent fuel that could be used to make weapons-grade plutonium.

Source: www.npr.org, via Enformable
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