Bushehr Plant 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
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 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 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 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.