Russia announces delay in Bushehr reactor commissioning

October 30, 2012 16:59


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A provisional acceptance agreement transferring Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant over to Iranian technicians has been delayed by three months, the Russian state company contracted to construct the facility confirmed late Monday.

Iran has signed an agreement with NIAEP-Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Russia's state nuclear agency Rosatom, to construct the Bushehr plant.

Vladimir Pavlov, Atomstroyexport's deputy director responsible for constructing power plants in Iran and Turkey, told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency that the Bushehr nuclear power plant had originally been scheduled to be transferred to Iranian technicians for operation by late December but will now take place in late March 2013.

The three-month delay is due to technical considerations arising from the need to integrate Russian-built components into the original German-constructed plant, Pavlov said.

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