Russian Contractor to Carry Out “Pre-Launch” Work at Iranian Nuclear Plant

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax

Moscow, 8 September: Atomstroyexport has scheduled the next stages of pre-launch works at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran for December 2008 – February 2009, the head of the [Atomostroyexport] company, Leonid Reznikov, has told journalists.

“I think that in December, January and February a whole range of technological events will be conducted (at the Bushehr plant) that will demonstrate the irreversibility of the plant’s physical launch in the foreseeable future”, he said.

According to the Atomstroyexport president, the issue of completing the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant will be discussed, in particular, at a meeting between Rosatom head Sergey Kiriyenko and Iranian Vice-President Gholam Reza Aqazadeh to be held in late September.

Originally published by Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1324 8 Sep 08.

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