Russia says to start delayed Iran nuclear plant in 2010

Russia will this year start up the reactor at Iran's long-delayed Bushehr nuclear power plant, the head of Russia's state nuclear corporation said on Thursday.

Russia says to start delayed Iran nuclear plant in 2010

Russia will this year start up the reactor at Iran's long-delayed Bushehr nuclear power plant, the head of Russia's state nuclear corporation said on Thursday.

Russia agreed to build Iran the 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant at Bushehr 15 years ago, but delays have haunted the $1 billion project and diplomats say Moscow has used it as a lever in relations with Tehran.

"2010 is the year of Bushehr," Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of the Rosatom state nuclear corporation, told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Moscow.

"There is absolutely no doubt that it will be built this year. Everything is going according to schedule," he said.

Kiriyenko declined to answer a question on when exactly the plant would be started up.

Two sources closely involved with the project told Reuters last year that Russia planned to start up the power station in March 2010.


Reuters

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