Bushehr nuclear plant one of world’s safest: AEOI

A deputy director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the Bushehr nuclear power plant is one of the safest in the world.

“Given its high safety standards, the Bushehr nuclear power plant is one of the safest power stations in the world,” Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Sunday.

Kamalvandi made the remarks at the 60th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, “Dialogue, Disarmament, and Regional and Global Security,” which is being held in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

The Pugwash Conference is an international organization that brings together prominent public figures, scientists and scholars to explore cooperative solutions to global security threats and reduce the danger of armed conflict across the globe.

Kamalvandi said the incorporation of power plant safety standards as well as cutting-edge technology into the Bushehr facility which has also received the top safety ranking from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have made the installation one of the safest in the world.

The initial construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

In 1995, Iran and Russia reached an agreement to complete the project, but power generation was delayed several times due to a number of technical and financial problems.

The Bushehr plant became officially operational and was connected to the national grid in September 2011, generating electricity at 40 percent capacity.

Kamalvandi further voiced Tehran’s readiness to host a nuclear safety conference by the end of 2014 at the regional or international level with the IAEA’s cooperation.

By Press TV


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