Thursday, May 19, 2011

Iran confirms launch of the Bushehr nuclear power plant

Tehran. (EFE) .- The Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, today confirmed the final commissioning, after almost three decades of work and many delays, the controversial Bushehr nuclear power plant. "As we announced, the Bushehr plant has reached its critical stage and has been successfully launched," said the official told state television in English PressTV.

Russian engineers had already announced on May 10 that the plant, Iran has the first of its kind, had been torn and operates at low level. "This final phase lasts about two months. Hopefully the plant reaches 40 percent of its power in the next 30 or 60 days," said Salehi. The information was later extended by the Iranian Minister of Energy, Namyu Majid, who said he "has already begun the cycle of heat production, a step for generating electricity through turbines." "Now it is necessary that the heat produced by the chemical interactions reaches the point of vaporization and spin the turbine over a thousand megawatt nuclear spin," added the official, who stressed that the process is in the hands of Russian experts.

"The necessary work of Russian technicians perform with high sensitivity and precision," he added Namyu, quoted by state news agency Irna. The manager declined to set an exact date for connecting the plant to the national grid, but reiterated that "the pillars and the transmission lines are already prepared." The Persian foreign minister took the action to insist also on the floor, leaning over the Gulf Coast and built by Russian engineers, is "one of the safest in the world" because it has been applied most modern techniques.

"We guarantee the Iranian nation that security was the priority (construction) Busheher plant, the first of its kind that raises Iran, he added. Tehran began to build that nuclear plant in the seventies, with German help, but the project was interrupted by the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 overthrew the last Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi.

Construction resumed last ten years with the cooperation of Russia and the works ended last summer after many delays. Iranian nuclear officials announced Aug. 21 the beginning of the power plant fuel and said they would be ready to be connected to the grid in October or November. However, as hinted in October that the connection to the mains would be delayed until early 2011, when he announced he would be postponed again.

Many experts speculate that the delay was due to massive computer virus attack "Stuxnet" that hit the country in September. Although the Iranian regime admitted that several thousand centrifuges and IP addresses were affected, Iran has insisted that the plant was not damaged. Iranian officials have accused the United States and Israel have created the computer virus.

Iranian civil nuclear program is under suspicion of the international community, which fears that hides its aim of building atomic weapons, an allegation Tehran denies.

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