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Bushehr nuclear plant fuelled: Iran

Atul Aneja
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To join national power grid in two months

Raring to go: The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran in this recent photo. — Photo: AP
Raring to go: The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran in this recent photo. — Photo: AP

Head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that the fuelling of the country's first nuclear power plant has been completed.

“All fuel assemblies have been loaded into the core of the reactor,” Iran's Student News Agency (ISNA) quoted him as saying. “All we have to do now is to wait for the water inside the reactor's core to warm gradually, and carry out another series of tests.” Mr. Salehi observed that it would now take around two months for the plant to join Iran's national power grid.

Mr. Salehi said Iran was set to import from Russia, radio-medicine required for the treatment of cancer. He also stressed that some misunderstandings that had cropped up between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had now been cleared. Iran had in October commenced loading nuclear fuel rods into the core of its Russia built power reactor in Bushehr, clearing the last major hurdle in the way of the completion of the long delayed project.


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