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Russian foreign ministry: Iran's Bushehr reactor working at 25 percent capacity

MOSCOW — Iran's sole nuclear energy reactor has been brought to 25 percent operational capacity.


The Russian Foreign Ministry said the prime contractor, Atomstroyexport, has been raising the capacity of Iran's power reactor at Bushehr. The ministry said this marked a Russian effort begun in May for the 1,000 megawatt Bushehr to reach full capacity.

"On May 8, the nuclear power plant's first phase was launched with full control capacity," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

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Lukashevich said Bushehr began with an operational capacity of 25 percent. In a briefing on June 4, the spokesman said Atomstroyexport continued to work at Bushehr under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Middle East Newsline reported.

"Currently, measures are being taken in line with the schedule to gradually enhance the plant's capability," Lukashevich said.

Iran has confirmed the Russian effort. The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization said the Teheran regime would announce a date for the start of formal operations at Bushehr, a $1 billion project taken over by Atomstroyexport nearly 20 years ago.

"We will announce the date for launching the Bushehr nuclear power plant in due time," the agency director-general, Fereidoon Abbassi, said.

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