Official: Iran to start operating Bushehr nuclear power plant by Feb. 18
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.10/ Trend G.Mehdi/
Iran will start operating Bushehr nuclear power plant in the 10th calendar month of the Year (ends on January 19) or in the 11th calendar month of Bahman (end on February 20), the Fars News Agency quoted Fereydoun Abbasi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran as saying on Saturday.
Considering that the due date is coming for the Russian contractor to transfer the power plant to Iranian engineers, we should prepare the ground for starting operations at the power plant's site, he noted.
The power plant is projected to generate 4-6 thousand megawatts, he noted.
In October, NIAEP-Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Russia's state nuclear agency Rosatom, has announced that transferring the Bushehr nuclear plant to Iranian technicians has been delayed by three months due to technical considerations.
Vladimir Pavlov, Atomstroyexport's deputy director responsible for constructing power plants in Iran and Turkey, told RIA Novosti news agency that the Bushehr nuclear power plant had originally been scheduled to be transferred to Iranian technicians for operation by late December but it will take place in late March 2013.
In August, Abbasi said that Tehran is ready to cooperate with other countries in building nuclear reactors provided that those countries have the expertise to ensure the safety standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Iran has set the goal of producing 20,000 megawatts of nuclear electricity by building several nuclear reactors.
"Now we are gaining the necessary experience... to manage the construction of new nuclear reactors," Abbasi said.