Iran gets first unit for Bushehr nuclear power plant
The first power unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant was handed over to Iran, Rosatom said in a statement yesterday.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said Russian experts will be working at the 1,000 megawatt Bushehr nuclear power plant for another two years.
The construction of the two-unit NPP with a total capacity of 2,460MW under the project of the Siemens/KWU concern was launched at Bushehr in the mid-seventies.
In 1980, the German government terminated the contract with Iran and joined the US embargo upon supply of technological equipment to Iran.
At that time, Siemens/KWU had completed 85 percent of the construction on the first unit and 70 percent on the second, and also had assembled 70 percent of auxiliary equipment for the first unit.
The German contractor did not supply the main equipment (reactors, turbines and generators) to the NPP.
In January 1995, a contract between Russia and Iran was signed providing finalising of construction of unit No 1 of NPP with reactor WMWC-1000.