Iran's Bushehr electricity production hits two month delay

Atomic chief Salehi says delay is the result of severe hot weather not the computer worm that hit staff computers earlier this week.

September 29, 2010 17:25
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FILE - In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), the reactor

Bushehr Plant 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Iran's first nuclear power plant, Bushehr, will be ready to begin generating electricity by January, two months after the original commencement date, AFP reported on Wednesday.

The chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced the delay, which was reported on the Iran's state television's website. Salehi blamed the delay on the very hot weather Iran has experienced recently, and some safety issues.

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On Sunday,
Iran's official news agency reported that a complex computer worm had affected the personal computers of staff at the country's first nuclear power plant weeks before the facility was to go online.

The IRNA news agency quoted the head of the Bushehr nuclear plant, Mahmoud Jafari, as saying a team was inspecting several computers to remove the malware, but that it "has not caused any damage to major systems of the plant."  The computer worm was said not to be the reason for the generation delay.

Iranian and Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant in August, a major milestone as Teheran forged ahead with its atomic program despite UN sanctions.

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