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18:13 - 2010-10-26

Iran Starts Loading Fuel into Bushehr Power Plant Reactor

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Iranian experts begin injecting fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant reactor
Russia sent tons of enriched uranium to Iran last year to fuel the power plant
Iran began loading fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant reactor on Tuesday morning in a last step before the facility can start operation
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters that Bushehr would join the national electricity grid by early 2011
Iranian engineers began loading fuel into the core of the Bushehr reactor
Iran had transferred nuclear fuel into the main building the plant in a ceremony attended by senior Iranian and Russian nuclear officials on August 21
Loading nuclear fuel rods into the heart of the Bushehr nuclear power plant starts on Tuesday morning
Fuel injection was carried out after AEOI experts completed all principal tests of the power plant
Several testes, including 250 bar pressure, 110 bar pressure on the second orbit, test on spherical metal with five load pressure as well as warm test had all been conducted with success prior to the fuel injection phase
The startup of the station, originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, has been delayed by the Russian contractor on several occasions, but it eventually seems that the nuclear facility will start power generation in just a few months
The fuel was injected into the heart of the reactor after doing overall controls over the equipments of the first orbit and presenting the necessary documents to the county's nuclear safety body and acquiring the necessary certificates for the project
The plant, located near the port city of Bushehr on the rims of the Persian Gulf, will produce 1000 megawatts of electricity
Experts say that 163 fuel rods should be loaded into the core of the reactor
The first nuclear power plant in Iran, region and the Middle East will start operation after the fuel is sent to the center of the reactor
The 1000-megawatt power plant is set to begin electricity generation soon
The ceremony for loading fuel into the heart of Bushehr power plant was attended by AEOI Head Ali Akbar Salehi and the Russian contractor for the power plant
Iran's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr has international approval and is supervised by the UN nuclear agency
The 1,000-megawatt plant in Bushehr originally received the fuel in August 21
Western corporations began the construction of the Bushehr facility in the 1970s but reneged on their commitments and pulled out of the project due to political pressure from Washington
Iran then turned to Russia to complete the project. In 1992, Tehran and Moscow signed a deal to complete the construction of the nuclear power plant and Russia started building the nuclear facility in 1994
Iran had transferred nuclear fuel into the main building the plant in a ceremony attended by senior Iranian and Russian nuclear officials on August 21
Fuel injection was carried out after AEOI experts completed all principal tests of the power plant
Several testes, including 250 bar pressure, 110 bar pressure on the second orbit, test on spherical metal with five load pressure as well as warm test had all been conducted with success prior to the fuel injection phase