N. Official: Iran Not Concerned about Supplying Fuel for Bushehr N. Plant
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior official of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said the country is not concerned about supplying fuel for its first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr, given Iran's domestic capabilities and Russia's undertakings according to the sides' contract.
"We are not concerned about supplying fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant," Deputy Head of the AEOI Mohammad Ahmadian told reporters on Monday, reminding that the Russian side has vowed to supply Iran with fuel as soon as requested by Tehran.
Ahmadian made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony to officially launch Bushehr nuclear power plant attended by senior officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko and Head of Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) Sergei Kiriyenko.
Iran signed a deal with Russia in 1995, according to which the plant was originally scheduled for completion in 1999. However, the project was repeatedly delayed by the Russian side due to the intense pressure exerted on Moscow by the United States and its western allies. Russia finally completed construction of the plant last summer.
The repeated delays in the completion of the project by the Russian side pushed Iran to start domestic production of nuclear fuel for the Bushehr plant as well as other nuclear power plants Tehran intends to build in future.
But, despite its success in domestic nuclear fuel production, Iran is using Russian fuel for the Bushehr plant as enshrined in the two sides' contract.
On October 26, Iran started injecting Russian fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the initial phase of launching the nuclear reactor.
The second consignment of fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant was delivered from Russia earlier this year.
The facility operates under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).