Bushehr power plant to start operation in 2006

Publish date: October 12, 2005

Russia and Iran have confirmed that they intend to commission the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant by the end of 2006, a spokesman for Russia's Federal Agency for Nuclear Power said on September 12.

The agency’s head, Alexander Rumyantsev, and Gholamreza Aqazadeh, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, met in Moscow on September 12 to discuss the construction of the first power unit at the Bushehr NPP and confirmed they planned to commission the plant by the end of 2006, the spokesman said. Russian experts are currently on the final stages of the construction of the first power unit with capacity of about 1,000 Megawatt. Earlier reports indicate that Russia is planning to build six power units at nuclear power plants in Iran within the next decade, RIA-Novosti reported.