Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 25 / Trend T. Jafarov /
The Bushehr nuclear power plant will being fully operating from February 1, 2012 in honour of the Decade of Fajr and generate 1000 megawatts of electric power, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organizstion Firudin Abbasi was quoted by the official website of the Iranian television İribnews as saying.
The Decade of Fajr begins on February 1 when Imam Khomeini returned to Iran on this day in 1979.
"The electric power generation at the Bushehr nuclear power plant was brought up to 750 megawatts two days ago," he said. "The experts under IAEA supervision operate at the station to improve it. About 1000 megawatts of electric power generated by the nuclear power plant will be delivered to the country's grid system in February 2012 during the holiday.
Stressing that the uranium plant is being constructed near the city of Ardakan, Yazd province, Mr Abbasi said that Iranian scholars- nuclear physicists have developed a technology to enrich uranium to 20 per cent.
Fuel was loaded into the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in May 2011. The station began operating on May 8 and produces energy which is delivered to the grid only after two months. The Bushehr nuclear power plant will produce 1000 megawatts of electric power per year.
Iran and Russia signed the agreement in Tehran in 1995. The Russian company Atomstroyexport constructed the station which is worth $1 billion. Initially, the work on the Bushehr nuclear power plant was to be completed by January 8, 1999.
The U.S. and other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons under cover of peaceful nuclear energy program. Tehran denies the charges, saying its nuclear programme is aimed at covering the country's electricity needs.