Iran Fuels Up First Nuclear Reactor

August 21, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Iran has begun the start-up  of a 1,000-megawatt reactor in Bushehr, located in the southern part of the country.  Russia’s Rosatom Corp., which owns the reactor, has begun loading the fuel roads, while the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, supervises the project. Despite a series of U.S. and European trade restrictions imposed on Iran, Russia has vowed to move forward with Bushehr, which was scheduled to operate years ago but has been delayed by a series of technical problems and financial disagreements between Tehran and Moscow.Iran’s Press TV says the transfer of 163 fuel rods into the plant’s reactor should be completed by September 5, and they expect to use nuclear-generated electricity from the site within the next two to three months.The plant will account for about 4 percent of Iran’s electricity and will put Iran at least a decade ahead of its more prosperous neighbors.  Iran hopes to create enough plants to generate 20,000 megawatts within 20 years. Though the U.S. has no objections to the plant per say, Iranian Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi who like all their officials is carefully trained in diplomacy, tells the Islamic Republic News Agency on Tuesday, that the plant will be a “thorn in the eye of ill-seekers.”

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