Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant to join national power grid in two months   2010-11-27 18:16:02 FeedbackPrintRSS

A worker works in a part of the electricity generating plant of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, Oct. 26, 2010. (Xinhua/ Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour)

TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday the country's first nuclear power plant will join the national power grid in two months, the ISNA news agency reported.

Iran will in the near future hold a festival about the connection of Bushehr nuclear power plant to the national power grid, he said without specifying when.

Salehi also said Iran has produced over 35 kg of 20 percent- enriched uranium so far.

"We have made over 35 kg of fuel with the purity of 20 percent so far, we are making 3 kg of uranium with this degree of purity every month. We are capable of production of 5 kg of fuel monthly, but there is no need to do so," Salehi was quoted as saying.

Also regarding Bushehr nuclear reactor, he said, "we hope that we can insert the first domestic fuel rods into the core of Bushehr reactor by next September."

AEOI's deputy head Behzad Soltani told reporters earlier on November 14 that the Bushehr nuclear power plant would join the national power grid by January.

In October, Iran began loading fuel rods into the core of Bushehr nuclear power plant, a process considered as the last major step to start up the long-delayed Russia-built reactor.

Russia signed an agreement worth 1 billion U.S. dollars in 1995 to take over the project. Its completion, first scheduled for 1999, was postponed several times by mounting technological and financial challenges and interruptions under pressures from the United States.

Under a deal between Moscow and Tehran in 2005, Russia will provide nuclear fuel for Iran and take back all spent reactor fuel, and experts of the IAEA will be able to verify that no fuel or waste is diverted elsewhere.

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