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Bushehr power plant to start generating electricity soon: Aqazadeh

Photos by Arash Khamooshi, ISNA

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA - Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency Reza Aqazadeh said the Bushehr power plant will start electricity-generating operations soon after the preliminary tests produce positive results. He made the remarks while touring the site of the power plant accompanied by head of Russia's Rosatom State Atomic Corporation Sergei Kiriyenko.

Reza Aqazadeh and Sergei Kiriyenko

The officials are in this port city by the Persian Gulf in southern Iran to inaugurate the test-operation of the atomic power plant.

Aqazadeh said one of Iranian nation's biggest dreams will be materialized in a very short time once the power plant starts generating electricity.

Aqazadeh signs the visitors book: "I'm happy that one of the biggest dreams of Iranian nation is coming true."

Expressing hope that the later phases of the power plant's development plan will be implemented in a more rapid pace, he voiced satisfaction over the pace of the project in the past few months and said it would not be long before the power plant joined the national circuit after the initial tests proved positive.

Kiriyenko, too, expressed satisfaction over the process of affairs in the power plant and said the construction of the power plant was in its very final phases.

While inspecting the main switching room, Aqazadeh and Kiriyenko signed a report on the development procedure of the power plant.

A large number of both local and foreign correspondents, photojournalists and media people have also gathered at the site of the power plant to cover the story of its test-inauguration.

The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has the capacity of producing one thousand mega watts of electricity and its reactor uses light water. The plant is located 15 kilometers south of the port city of Bushehr and its building started in 1974 by a German company but it did not continue the work after the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. A Russian Company named "Atomstroyexport" signed a contract to complete the project in 1995.

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