Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 28 /Trend T.Konyayeva/
The Armenian nuclear engineers are moving to Iran in search of high salaries, the Metsamor NPP's chief engineer Movses Vardanyan told in an interview with A+1 agency, Armenia Today reported.
They are mostly employed at the nuclear power plant (NPP) at Bushehr, he added.
"Over the recent years, about 20 people have left the Armenian NPP due to low salaries and found a job at the Bushehr NPP in Iran, where they receive high salaries," Vardanyan said. "Unfortunately, high-skilled specialists are leaving for Iran."
Bushehr is the first nuclear power plant in Iran and throughout the Middle East. The plant began to be built by the German Kraftwerk Union in 1974. In 1980 the contract was terminated during the Western German government's accession to the U.S. embargo on supplying equipment to Iran.
On Aug. 25, 1992, Russia and Iran signed an agreement to continue construction of the nuclear power plant. In January 1995, a contract to complete work on the first power unit was signed, and in 1998 construction management was transferred to AtomStroyExport.
Bushehr NPP has been connected to Iran's electricity network on Sept. 4 and has supplied about 60 megawatt of electricity to the country's electric network since its connection to the grid.