Russia to Hand Control of Busher NPP to Iran 2012-End

World | September 4, 2012, Tuesday // 17:05|  views

The first Iranian NPP, located in Busher. Photo by

Iran will be on its own with its first nuclear power plant after Russia officially hands Bushehr over at the end of December, a Russian project manager said on Tuesday.

The Busher NPP began operating at full capacity on August 31 as the reactor of Bushehr's Unit 1 was brought up to 100% of its projected capacity.

"We believe that the unit will be transferred to the client in the last week of December," Russian contractor Atomstroyexport's Iran construction chief Igor Mezenin said, as cited by RIA Novosti.

Before that time a number of trials are to be completed, he added.

The construction of Bushehr began in the 1970s but has been dogged by delays. Russia signed a billion-dollar deal with Tehran to complete the plant in 1998.

The plant's launch in August 2010 prompted Israel and other nations to express fears the reactor could help Iran create an atomic bomb as part of the Iranian nuclear program.

Tehran has denied the allegations, saying the facility was for peaceful power generation only.

The Busher nuclear power plant was connected to Iran's power grid in September 2011.

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Tags: Busher, NPP, Iran, Iranian nuclear program, Russia, Atomstroyexport, Rosatom


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