1000 megawatts prodiced by the Bushehr nuclear power plant would join Iranian national grid by March 20, said Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou.
View of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Iran
500 megawatts nuclear power was connected to national grid in 2011, but generation of 1000 megawatts power needs initials tests as well as the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) confirmation, Iranian Energy Minister said adding the tests are now underway.
Tests for connection of 100, 300, 400 and 500 megawatts nuclear power to the national grid were conducted successfully and there is no concern to generate 1000 megawatts electricity.
"Generators have passed initial tests and we are waiting for the AEOI readiness to take synchronization and connection-related measures," he added.
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad has already said generation of electricity at Bushehr nuclear power plant would double in near future.
He pointed out that the first phase of the plant is functioning at the capacity of 500 megawatts, adding, "The second phase of electricity production at Bushehr nuclear plant will soon be fully operational."
Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant
The Bushehr plant was officially launched by the Iranian officials on September 12, and started by generating electricity at 40 percent of its capacity.
The 1,000-megawatt plant had been already connected to the country's national power grid with the power of 60 MW on September 3, 2011. It reached the capacity of 190 MW on September 27, and a day later it improved its capacity to 300 MW.
The nuclear power plant is located southeast of the city of Bushehr along the Persian Gulf.
Initial construction of the facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was stopped following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
In 1995, Iran and Russia reached an agreement to complete the project, but power generation was delayed several times due to a number of technical and financial problems.
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