Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced that the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has been reloaded with fuel and was connected to the national grid with 50 percent of nominal power generation capacity.
In his message published on Tuesday morning, Ali Akbar Salehi said the nuclear power plant will be operating with the maximum nominal power within the next two or three days.
In September last year, Iran took temporary control of its Bushehr nuclear power plant for a two-year trial period, after which the country will be in overall charge of the power plant.
Salehi had announced earlier that during the two-year trial period the power plant will be under Russian guarantee and a number of Russian experts will remain in place to give advice and technical assistance.
Russia has agreed to provide the power plant’s fuel for 10 years, with the supply deal committing Tehran to returning the spent fuel.
The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant became officially operational and was connected to Iran’s national grid in September 2011.
Iran and Russia have assured the international community that the plant is fully compliant with high-level safety standards and the IAEA safeguards.