September 2, 2008

Iran to Finalize Accord on Nuclear Plant By March 2009

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website

Tehran, 2 September: Fuel supply accord for Bushehr power plant will be finalized until the end of the current Iranian year (20 March 2009), Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday [2 Septemebr].

He made the remarks after a meeting with former prime minister of Lebanon, Omar Karami, who arrived in Tehran on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, Mottaki said that Bushehr nuclear power plant would become operational "in the new Christian year.""God willing, Bushehr power plant will start generating electricity for the country in the new Christian year," said the foreign minister.

The 1000-MW power plant is being built in cooperation with Russia based on a contract signed in 1995.

It was scheduled to be completed in 2000, but was delayed over the past eight years for sceptical reasons.

According to an agreed time table, the power plant is to be operational in Autumn 2008.

Originally published by Islamic Republic News Agency website, Tehran, in English 0940 2 Sep 08.

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