Iran first nuclear power plant joins national grid Service
Iran's Bushehr power plant started the initial mission as it came on stream with the power of 60 Megawatts, ISNA reported.
The facility would be officially launched on September 12.
The plant was connected to the national grid Saturday September 3 at 23:29 pm local time.
The plant's connection to the national grid is supposed to pave the way for pre-launch of the first atomic power plant in the Middle East.
Required tests would continue in following days to guarantee the project goes with the national grid.
Bushehr nuclear power plant's pre-launch ceremony is due to be held on September 12 in the site of the power plant.
Bushehr nuclear installations is a nuclear power plant in Iran located 17 km south-east of the city of Bushehr along the Persian Gulf.
Construction of the plant was started in 1975 by German companies, but the work was stopped in 1979 after the Islamic Revolution of Iran. A contract for finishing the plant was signed between Iran and the Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy in 1995, with Russia's Atomstroyexport named as the main contractor. The work was delayed several years by technical and financial challenges as well as by political pressure from the West. After the construction almost ground to a halt in 2007, a renewed agreement was reached. Delivery of nuclear fuel started in the same year. An official launch ceremony was held on 21 August 2010. The project is considered unique in terms of its technology, the political environment and physical climate.