August 25, 2008

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant to Be Completed By End of 2008

Bushehr nuclear power plant to be completed by end of 2008

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Russian ambassador to Tehran Alexander Sadovnikov said here on Saturday that Bushehr nuclear power plant will be completed by the end of 2008, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Sadovnikov said in an interview with IRNA that the power plant will initiate generating electricity by the end of this year.

"Moscow is seriously committed to complete and run Bushehr power plant and is willing to do it in the shortest time," he said.

Sadovnikov told IRNA that "the delay in finalizing Bushehr power plant project was caused by sanctions imposed by the big powers."

Some equipment were to be supplied by those countries involved in imposing sanctions, he added.

Sadovnikov also stated that there is no need to uncover the details of the project, due to the sensitive nature of Bushehr's geographical and strategical location.

Russia is helping Iran to build the country's first nuclear power plant in the southern port of Bushehr. The plant was expected to launch early this year, but its operation was postponed for several months due to disputes on payment.

Iran is preparing to build more nuclear power plants, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Ahmad Fayyazbakhsh, deputy chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization and head of a state-owned nuclear energy production company said that his company signed an agreement with six local companies, assigning them to hunt for potential sites for new nuclear power plants within 13 months.

The United States and its Western allies fear that Tehran is trying to build nuclear weapons. But Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

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