Iran's AEO chief says Bushehr nuclear plant undergoing final tests

Photo: Iran's AEO chief says Bushehr nuclear plant undergoing final tests / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 13 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

The Bushehr nuclear plant is undergoing a series of tests, carried out by the Russian experts, Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani said, Mehr news agency reported.

"The plant currently is in testing stage, some more tests need to be taken before it can switch to normal work," Abbasi said.

Abbasi noted that there were some news circulating in the media about the closure of the Bushehr plant, and revealed the reasons for the temporary closure.

"The plant was off the network due to technical issues. This is natural. There were some problems with the turbine generator. Currently the Russian team is preparing the necessary equipment for further testing, and after a few days, the plant will be re-connected to the grid," Abbasi explained.

The construction of the nuclear power plant near Bushehr was launched in 1975. Then the work on the NPP building was carried out by a West German company.

However, in 1980, West Germany joined the US sanctions against Iran and the construction was stopped.

On August 24, 1992, the Government of the Russian Federation and Iran signed an agreement on cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. And on next day - on August 25, 1992, the parties agreed to continue the construction of the Bushehr NPP.

In January 1995, the sides signed a contract on the completion of the first power unit of the NPP. Last August, the power unit reached 100-percent design capacity.

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