Thursday, Nov 27, 2008
Russia will complete Iran’s first nuclear power plant in 2009, Itar-Tass news agency quoted the head of Russia’s state nuclear corporation as saying on Thursday.
The launch of the Bushehr plant’s nuclear reactor has frequently been delayed. Russian and Iranian officials have given different dates for the start-up. Iran’s foreign minister said last year the plant would launch in mid-2008.
Russia has already delivered nuclear fuel under a $1 billion contract to build the Bushehr plant on the Gulf coast in southwest Iran. Russia has blamed previous delays on problems with receiving payment from Iran.
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“Work is ongoing and certain difficulties which arose, including those connected with timely financing, are being resolved due to joint efforts between the Iranian purchaser and the Russian contractor,” Tass quoted Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia’s Rosatom nuclear corporation, as saying.
“Next year we should conclude all the work,” Kiriyenko was quoted as saying. Kiriyenko was in Caracas, Venezuela, accompanying President Dmitry Medvedev on a visit.
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Russia agreed in 1995 to build the plant on the site of an earlier project begun in the 1970s by German firm Siemens. The Siemens project was disrupted by Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution and the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.