Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Plant Succesfully tested

The long-delayed nuclear power plant in Bushehr has been tested successfully, a senior Iranian nuclear official said Tuesday.

“A 250 bar (atmospheric) pressure test has been successfully carried out at the Bushehr nuclear plant,” Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said at a press conference with visiting Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko in Tehran.

In February, tests were carried out at the plant near the southern port city using “dummy” fuel rods loaded with lead in place of enriched uranium to simulate nuclear fuel.

Final Date Unclear

The Russian minister, however, refused to say when the nuclear power plant would become operational.

“There is no need to make another (starting date) promise,” IRNA quoted Shmatko as saying.

“We have been working on this power plant jointly with a sense of responsibility, and the plant will be fully operational in a short time,” he noted.

“I guarantee that based on promises given by our Russian friends, thes plant will become operational in the very near future,” Salehi said.

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