Official: Bushehr NPP stops work temporarily for fuel changeover

Official: Bushehr NPP stops work temporarily for fuel changeover

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 3

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi said the Bushehr nuclear power plant has halted activities temporarily for few days for fuel changeover, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Feb. 3.

Kamalvandi went on to say that, the fuel changeover operations were due to take place in mid-January but were delayed upon the request of ministries of oil and energy that wanted to use the gas needed by the power plant for household consumption because of the cold weather in the country.

Earlier deputy head of the Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Ahmadian announced that about one third of the power plant's fuel, which is some 27 tons, will be replaced.

Along with replacing the fuel, Iranian and Russian experts will do scheduled annual services of the power plant, he said, adding that the procedure, on the average, will take about 45 days.

The fuel assemblies of the power plant have been sealed by the IAEA inspectors after the primary fueling, Ahmadian underlined. "The reactor will be sealed again by the IAEA inspectors after the fuel change has been completed," he added.

Ahmadian underlined that the Bushehr power plant produced daily 24,000 megawatts hour of electricity during the cold season, which led to savings of about 6 million liters of liquid fuel in thermal power plants of the country.

Supplying the fuel of Iran's only nuclear power plant Bushehr, is guaranteed by Russia for 10 years.

Russia delivered 82 tons of nuclear fuel in 2008 and 30 more tons in May 2011 to Iran. This amount meets the Bushehr NPP's fuel needs for four years.

Bushehr NPP which inaugurated in September 2013 has a capacity of producing 1000 megawatts of electricity.

The power plant is scheduled to produce up to 5 billion megawatt hours of electricity per each year which is about 2 percent of country's total electricity production.

Edited by C.N.

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