Russia completes tests before commercial launch of Iran NPP

Russia on Thursday announced the completion of tests for the commercial launching of the Bushehr nuclear power plant built by it in Iran, set to be unveiled in mid-September.

Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 21:45 PM IST

Moscow: Russia on Thursday announced the
completion of tests for the commercial launching of the
Bushehr nuclear power plant built by it in Iran, set to be
unveiled in mid-September.
"Efficiency tests of the reactor equipment and
supporting technological systems were conducted ahead of
scheduled launching in mid-September," Atomstroyexport, the
Russian company building the Bushehr NPP said in a statement.

The so-called hot operational testing that was the
final stage before the launch has been successfully carried
out, the company statement said.

In 1975 German Siemens had launched the construction
of Iran`s first NPP at Bushehr, but following the 1979 Islamic
Revolution and imposition of US embargo on high-technology
commerce with Tehran the project was stopped by it.

Russia signed the contract with Iran in February 1998
to complete the construction of Bushehr NPP, which has been
running behind the schedule for many years, due to financial
dispute between the contracting parties.
Moscow has declared that completion of the NPP would
not be affected by UN sanctions against the Iran over its
suspected nuclear weapons programme as it reiterates Tehran`s
right to access the civilian nuclear energy as a signatory to
the NPT.

PTI