Russia turns over Bushehr nuclear plant to Iranian client
Russia has turned over the first generating unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant to its Iranian client.
Russia's state nuclear power corporation Rosatom told Interfax that CJSC Atomstroyexport has signed an act of transfer for Bushehr.
The building of the plant on the Persian Gulf coast was begun back in the 1970s by a consortium led by Siemens. The German company rejected the contract with Iran for political reasons. Russia and Iran agreed on the completion of the first generating unit at the facility in 1992. A Russian reactor was integrated into what the Germans had built.
CJSC Atomstroyexport was brought on board. By the end of this past June, the power plant was taken to 100 percent capacity. The handover was put off several times. Russia might return to talks about building new units at Bushehr.
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy organization Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani told the press on June 28 that his country plans to build three more power-generating units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant and hopes to broaden cooperation with the Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom.
He also said that Iran is selecting building sites for more nuclear power plants. Reports said earlier that Iran plans to build nuclear energy facilities with an aggregate capacity of 20,000 megawatts. The Russian general contractor has only built one 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr.