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Iran's first nuclear power plant to run in September: atomic chief

07-01-2010 08:15 BJT

TEHRAN, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the country's first nuclear power plant will run in September, the local ISNA news agency reported.

"Bushehr nuclear plant is due to run by mid September," Salehi told reporters.

"We are satisfied with cooperating with Russians and now 3,000 experts from the country (Russia) are working in the plant," he was quoted as saying.

"The power plant is undergoing the last phase of its final test, " he added.

Earlier in May, Head of Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom Sergei Kiriyenko said that the nuclear power plant in the Iranian southern city of Bushehr would be launched by August.

The country's 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant was originally constructed in the mid-1970s by Siemens of Germany, but was abandoned with the outbreak of the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran and Russia, after reaching an agreement on nuclear cooperation in 1992, signed a contract in January 1995 to finish the construction of the plant, the completion of which has been repeatedly delayed.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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