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Atomstroiexport head due in Tehran to discuss Bushehr power plant

Tehran, June 30, IRNA - Head of the Russian state-owned nuclear contractor Atomstroiexport Sergei Shmatko will arrive in Tehran Sunday.

Head of Public Relations Department of Iran's Atomic Energy Development and Production Company Kamran Kamrani made the remark while speaking to IRNA in an exclusive interview.

"Shmatko will pay a visit to Iran at the head of a financial and technical delegation to discuss reasons behind delay in conducting executive operation of Bushehr power plant, in southern Iranian Bushehr province," he said.

Atomstroiexport started construction of the first nuclear power plant in Iran's Bushehr city on January 8, 1995. It has so far postponed its commissioning four times.

Based on a primary agreement, Bushehr power plant was set to be inaugurated in 1999.

Based on the fifth agreement signed by Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Reza Aqazadeh and Russia's Atomic Energy Chief, Sergei Kiriyenko, on September 26, 2006, the Russian contractor was to inaugurate the power plant in September 2007.

The Russian side also agreed to finally inaugurate the plant in November 2007.

The Russian company had earlier claimed that it could not complete the project on its due time because Iran had not complied with its financial commitments on time.

Iran dismissed claims by the Russian contractor and declared that it had fulfilled its commitments according to the schedule.

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