Iran's nuclear power plant is scheduled to be connected to the national electricity newtowrk in February 2011, one month later than previously stated.
The country's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali-Akbar Salehi had previously stated, according to DPA, that the Russian-built 1,000-megawatt reactor would be up and running by January 2011. The new deadline was reported by the Iranian Student News Agency on Monday. Iran has been in an ongoing dispute with the international community concerning its nuclear program, which critics claim is geared secretly towards nuclear weapons capability. Teheran insists it is solely interested in generating electricity, and aims to add an additional 20,000 megawatts of nuclear power to the country's energy grid.