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1/24/05

Delay in launching Bushehr plant in Iran technical, says Russian ambassador

Tehran, Jan 24, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- The causes of the delay in putting into operation the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant are well known and they are all technical, Russia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran Alexander Maryasov said in an interview with Itar-Tass on Monday.

"Firstly, the Iranian side initially expressed the wish to try and synchronize the project that had been prepared by German specialists with a project that we are implementing. This work has proved very complex and taken sufficiently much time. Even though it has been finally done, more efforts and time have been spent than if we would have begun to build the nuclear power plant from the very outset according to our technical project. This is the main cause of the delay," Maryasov said.

He cited as a second cause the fact the "Iranians wanted to actively participate at the initial stage in the construction of some parts of the plant and to carry out several lines of work on their own." However, they later realized that it was a difficult and new work for them. This also influenced the construction schedule to a certain degree, he added.

"After all, the Iranians have agreed to our proposal to build the nuclear power plant on "turn-key" basis on the strength of the Russian side," the diplomat said.

"There were other technical causes such as agreeing on prices and the nomenclature of electric was delivered not from Russia but from European and other countries," he said.

All together, these causes have led to the delay in the completion of the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the ambassador said.

Maryasov stressed that there had been no political reasons for the delay in the construction of the power plant as some foreign, including Iranian, mass media have claimed.

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