Iran official: Bushehr power plant to join national grid

Atomic Energy Organization deputy head claims that Western sanctions "could never undermine country's nuclear progress," Fars reports.

November 14, 2010 12:51
The reactor building of Bushehr nuclear power plant is seen just outside the city of Bushehr.

Bushehr Reactor 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

The Iranian Bushehr nuclear power plant will join the national power grid by the within the next 40 days, according to a statement released by Deputy Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behzad Soltani, Fars news agency reported Saturday.

The deputy head of the AEOI further assured that the sanctions imposed on the country by the West "could never undermine the country's nuclear progress."

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He stressed that Iran's future nuclear advancements will prove the ineffectiveness of pressures imposed by its "enemies."

At the end of October Iranian authorities began injecting uranium fuel rods into the core of the Bushehr plant.

Reports at the time suggested that the nuclear plant will become operational once all 163 fuel rods have been injected into the plant's core, and it should begin generating electricity in early 2011.

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