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08/10/13

Rosatom Ready To Hand Bushehr Nuclear Plant To Iran

Source: RFE/RL

The head of Russian nuclear regulator Rosatom has said that state company will soon sign documents transferring operational control of the Bushehr nuclear power plant to Iran.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, Iran
Bushehr nuclear power plant

"Bushehr is currently operating at 100-percent capacity and the process of preparing it for transfer to the project originator is concluding," Rosatom's Sergei Kiriyenko said.

The "project originator" is Iran.

Rosatom's construction wing, Atomstroyeksport, finished construction at Bushehr, after a German company started in the mid-1970s but pulled out of after the 1979 Iranian revolution.


Control room of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Iran

The government in Tehran signed the Bushehr contract with Russia in 1995.

Bushehr reached full capacity at the end of August 2012.

There have been Russian nuclear specialists working at the plant.


Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (View Larger Map)

Kiriyenko did not say whether any would remain once Iran takes over control of operations.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Trend.az


Copyright (c) 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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