Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant to Enter Circuit in Coming Days: Salehi

Iran to Produce 3k Megawatts of Nuclear Power by 2027
File photo of Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran

Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which was shut down temporarily last week, will be reconnected to the country’s power grid in the coming days.

Salehi saud “the temporary shutdown of the Bushehr nuclear power plant was due to technical issues.”

“This problem is almost resolved and the power plant will enter the circuit within the next two or three days,” he added.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said, “The current fuel of Bushehr power plant will run out in the next two or three months, and we will load the new fuel.”

On June 20, the AEOI announced “temporary” closure of the Bushehr nuclear power plant and its disconnection from the Iranian national electricity network.

The Bushehr power plant, located 17 km southeast of the city of Bushehr and under the cooperation with Russia, began supplying electricity in September 2011.

In November 2014, Iran and Russia signed a cooperation agreement to add a second and third reactors to the plant, which are scheduled to be inaugurated in 2024 and 2026, respectively.

Salehi says Iran currently owes 500 million euros to Russia for their nuclear cooperation, and that such financial issues have kept Tehran from reaching its goal of generating ovet 8,000 megawatts of nuclear power a year.

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