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Iran-Russia agreement on return of spent n-fuel to be signed soon: Official

Moscow, June 21, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- An agreement between Russia and Iran on the return of spent fuel from the nuclear power plant under construction in Bushehr may be signed in the near future, Russian Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev told reporters.

To date, a draft agreement has undergone coordination with all parties concerned. It is still to be scrutinized by independent ecological specialists.

The start of operation of the first reactor at the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is scheduled for 2004. The power plant will go on stream in 2005.

"The slight delay as compared with the original schedule is due to objective industrial reasons and is in no way related with the political situation," Rumyantsev said.

The first portion of spent nuclear fuel could return to Russia in eight to 10 years' time.

Russia will begin nuclear fuel supplies only after Iran has signed the Additional Protocol allowing greater inspection of its nuclear facilities under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the agency has the answers to all its questions.

Russia to bid in tender to expand Iran's major thermal power plant

Moscow, June 21, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Russia plans to take part in a tender for the enlargement of one of Iran's major thermal power plants in Isfahan, Technopromexport Alliance Chairman Valentin Kuznetsov told Itar-Tass.

According to Kuznetsov, a pertinent commercial proposal has already been dispatched to Iranian authorities.

He recalled that Technopromexport had built the first eight power generating facilities with a total capacity of 1,600 MWt in Isfahan in the 1980s and 1990s.

In his words, a possibility has offered itself to build two more power-generating units in Isfahan, but in accordance with Iranian laws a new tender must be held for each new project.

According to available information, the delivery of gas turbines from Germany can become an alternative for the Russian variant.

A delegation from Technopromexport has already left for talks with Iranian authorities in Tehran. Kuznetsov said that the parties still have to agree on contractual terms.

"Specific figures are a commercial secret but, as a rule, the difference between the proposals made by the bidders can reach as much as 40 percent," the Russian company leader said.

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