Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant to be reconnected to national grid soon: AEOI chief

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This file photo shows the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant will be reconnected to the national grid within the next few days after it was temporarily shut down due to a technical fault, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says.

Speaking to ICANA on Saturday, Ali Akbar Salehi added that the problem has been almost resolved and the “power plant will be reconnected to the grid within the next two or three days.”

“We are supplying new fuel to Bushehr power plant and its financial resources are also being supplied,” the Iranian nuclear chief said.

“Bushehr power plant will run out of its current fuel in two or three months and we will load new fuel [into it],” he added.

Salehi noted that the country would be able to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity once again after the plant is reconnected to the grid.

The AEOI said in a statement on June 20 that Bushehr nuclear power plant has been temporarily shut down over a "technical fault."

"Following a technical fault at Bushehr power plant, and after a one-day notice to the Energy Ministry, the plant was temporarily shut down and taken off the power grid," it added.

Iran’s specialized holding company responsible for Management of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power in Iran (Tavanir) also in a statement on the same day called on Iranians to minimize consumption during peak hours “considering a predicted rise in temperature" across the country and "limitations set in power generation due to repairs" at Bushehr plant.

The Bushehr power plant started operating in 2011 and reached its full capacity the following year.

Iran and Russia signed a number of documents in November 2014, expanding cooperation in the field of peaceful use of atomic energy and opening the possibility of construction in Iran of up to eight power units.

Iran began building two more nuclear reactors in a joint project with Russia’s Rosatom energy firm in Bushehr in November 2017. 

The country’s aim is to build nuclear power plants with 20,000 megawatts capacity to meet growing electricity demand, so it can save its hydrocarbons for export.

Russia has been involved in Iran’s nuclear power generation efforts more than any country. It is currently supplying the nuclear fuel used at Bushehr, but the Islamic Republic has said it wants to make its own fuel so that it will have secure supplies in the future.

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