Iran loads fuel to the core of its first nuclear plant

Tehran, June 24, IRNA – Iran has successfully loaded fuel to the core of Bushehr nuclear power plant on Tuesday morning, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced.
The electricity produced by the Bushehr nuclear plant has been added to the national power supply since this morning, Salehi noted in a message.

The message said the power plant is currently operating at its 50-percent capacity but it would reach its full capacity within the next two or three days.

The 1,000-megawatt plant had been connected to the countryˈs national power grid with the power of 60 MW on September 3, 2011. It reached the capacity of 190 MW on September 27, and a day later it improved its capacity to 300 MW.

The plant gained 50 percent of its nominal power on October 7, 2011 as it reached the capacity of 420 MW.

The nuclear power plant is located southeast of the city of Bushehr along the Persian Gulf.

Initial construction of the facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was stopped 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 outside political pressures and technical problems.



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