Source: Stray bolts blamed for Iran nuclear plant shutdown

By REUTERS
November 30, 2012 17:28

MOSCOW - A Russian-built nuclear reactor in Iran was shut down last month to limit any damage after stray bolts were found beneath the fuel cells, a Russian nuclear industry source said on Friday.

The explanation for the shutdown of the 1,000-megawatt Bushehr plant contradicted assurances by Iran that nothing unexpected had happened and removing nuclear fuel from the plant was part of a normal procedure.

"Indicators showed that some small external parts were ... in the reactor vessel," said the source, identifying them as bolts beneath the fuel cells.


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