Bushehr Nuclear Plant

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant will begin working at full capacity on May 23, according to Ria Novosti.

The Russian news agency reports that Atomstroyexport, the Russian contracting firm that completed the power plant, said yesterday: “Currently the Bushehr Power Plant is working at 75 percent of its full capacity.”

Vladimir Pavlov, the deputy head of Atomstroyexport, said security measures have been the top priority in the construction of the Bushehr plant, and all procedures and tests are carried out with the utmost care and accuracy.

The Bushehr Power Plant was 35 years in the making, as its construction was first interrupted by the 1979 Revolution in Iran and later faced other delays after the Russians took over the contract in 1997.

In 2010, the launch of the power plant was halted again due to the effects of an alleged attack by the computer worm Stuxnet, which some analysts argue was built by Israel especially to damage the Iranian nuclear facilities.

Atomstroyexport has said: “The construction of the Bushehr atomic plant meets all the existing international and NPT standards and is undertaken under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.”