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Russia, Iran agree to step up control over power plant erection

Moscow, Nov 2, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- The Russian Nuclear Energy Ministry agreed with Iran's proposal to increase control over the construction schedule of the first power unit of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Tass learnt on Sunday from secretary of state of the Russian Nuclear Energy Ministry Valery Govorukhin who commented on Russian-Iranian talks on Bushehr which were held in Moscow this week.

He specified that the ministry controls the operation of the Russian Atomstroiexport Company, building power sets in Iran, China and India, 'from the very beginning of construction in those three countries'.

However, he added, "We share the concern of the Iranian side, since we understand that construction of the unit has reached the final stage, and the Iranian side is interested in cutting the construction period.

"The schedule of completing the construction of the power set in Bushehr is likely to be agreed finally" in January 2004, the ministry official added.

The secretary of state supposed that Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani would discuss this question when he comes to Moscow on Monday.

Govorukhin noted that Atomstroiexport handed over a proposal to the Iranian side in the middle of the year, which had been examined by specialists and where it is written: 'physical commissioning and loading of fuel -- the latter half of 2005 and commissioning of the nuclear power plant - the latter half of 2006'.

... Payvand News - 11/2/03 ... --

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