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Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant back on grid

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows a view to installations at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in southern Iran.

Iran’s state electricity company Tavanir will resume using supplies from the country’s only nuclear power plant some 11 days after it went off grid due to repair works.

Tavanir spokesman Mostafa Rajabi said on Saturday that Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant will be back on the country’s main electricity grid by the end of the day.

Rajabi said the supply would be critical to Tavanir as the company struggles to prevent blackouts that can be caused by rising demand for electricity in Iran during the hot summer days.

It comes as Iran’s power consumption has reached record highs of over 64,000 megawatts (MW) in peak consumption hours earlier this week. That is much higher than Bushehr power plant’s capacity of 1,000 MW of electricity generation.

Rajabi told the official IRNA agency that the overhaul operation carried out in Bushehr power plant in recent days was a routine that takes place in any electricity stations.

Authorities had earlier rejected that the shutdown in Bushehr power plant was directly linked to fuel supplies provided to Iran by Russia although they insisted that they had made early prepayments for new fuel supplies from Moscow to ensure the plant will continue to operate normally over the next months.

Tavanir has also settled its arrears to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), which runs the Busher plant, for previous electricity supplies, according to a Thursday statement by the AEOI.

Iranian Energy Ministry authorities say restored nuclear power supplies from Bushehr will not suffice Iran’s s growing demand for electricity.

Rajabi said on Saturday that there will be a need for tighter controls on consumption in future weeks as temperatures could rise again to further strain the supplies.

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