Bushehr Nuclear Plant

The Bushehr Nuclear Plant will reach 100 percent of its power-generation capacity by 2012.

Ria Novosti reports that Ukraine’s Energoatom Company said Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant is currently operating at 50-percent capacity, and in the next stages it will reach 75 and then 100 percent. The plant is reportedly due for full power generation in the first half of 2012.

The Bushehr Nuclear Plant is Iran’s first atomic energy plant and it officially began adding power to the national grid on September 3.

The power plant has been more than 35 years in the making, with the original German contractors abandoning the project after Iran’s 1979 Revolution. Russian contractors picked up the project 15 years ago.

Many Iranian officials repeatedly criticized the continued delays in launching the power plant and questioned whether Russia had been living up to its commitments.