Sunday, 19 June 2011

{EOB}Russia's Energy Minister To Attend Launch Of Iran's Nuclear Plant At Bushehr

WRITER | Anonymous
Russia is to send its Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko to the ceremony marking the start of operations at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.

Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said the official is to attend the ceremony for connecting the plant to the Islamic Republic's electricity grid, Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.

Sajjadi pointed to a recent meeting he has had with officials from Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom. “The Russian officials said during the meeting that, in the first ten days of August, [they] are prepared to inaugurate this power plant and electricity to enter the national grid,” he said.

State Russian enterprise, Atomstroyexport is currently responsible for the construction of Bushehr plant, the country's first nuclear power plant.

In July, Russia's Foreign Ministry said the country had placed upgrading the facility's capabilities on its agenda.

The ministry also underlined that the plant's construction and its coming on stream “are in accordance with the current international regulations and are being carried out under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

Iran says it needs nuclear energy to meet its growing domestic demand for electricity and to provide fuel for the Tehran research reactor, which produces medical isotopes for cancer treatment. 

Source: Press TV

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