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News number: 8712111525

17:13 | 2009-03-01

Nuclear

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MP: Iran Set to Build More N. Plants

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Head of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Deputy Chairman Esmaeil Kosari announced Tehran's resolve to launch more nuclear power plants.



"The start up of the Bushehr nuclear power plant made clear that the Iranian government and nation have an indomitable spirit for progress towards utilization of new energy sources," Kosari said in an exclusive interview with the Islamic republic news agency on Saturday.

Bushehr power plant started its pre-commissioning stage in the presence of Iranian and Russian nuclear experts last Wednesday when experts began inserting "dummy fuel rods" at the Bushehr facility.

The Insertion of dummy fuel rods will enable Iran to simulate the first cycle's Hydraulic conditions for hot and cold tests. The difference between the current tests and those previously conducted is that the "dummy fuel rods" are filled with lead instead of virtual fuel.

If the procedure is successful, nuclear experts will schedule a date to insert real fuel rods.

Reminding that western states rescinded their contracts to construct and complete the Bushehr plant after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Kosari reiterated that the pre-commission of the Bushehr nuclear power plant made clear that Iran relies upon its professionals and is resolved to set up other nuclear plants across the country.

"The Bushehr plant will generate some 250 megawatts of electricity by September 2009 and another 250 megawatts by the end of next Iranian year (ending March 21, 2010)," the Iranian lawmaker said.

Kosari stated that Iran intends to build the 360mw Darkhoein nuclear power plant in the south of the country through domestic technical know-how.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.