TEHRAN (FNA)- The Bushehr nuclear power plant officially launched operation on Monday in a ceremony 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's first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr joined the country's national grid with an initial 40% of power generation capacity.
The power plant will gradually reach its utmost power for the generation of 1,000mw of electricity.
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.
On October 26, Iran started injecting 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).