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Iran's nuclear plant fuel is reloaded

Bushehr facility could be at critical phase in a month's time

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Fuel is reloaded into Bushehr nuclear plant, as officials hope to resume work in early May. (Getty Images)
Fuel is reloaded into Bushehr nuclear plant, as officials hope to resume work in early May. (Getty Images)

Iran’s controversial Bushehr power plant is to resume work early next month, the Fars news agency has reported, following the acknowledged reloading of fuel into the plant.

“We hope that the Bushehr power plant will reach critical phase between May 5 and 10,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian Foreign Minister said, after Friday’s announcement by Russian sources that fuel loading at the plant has been resumed, having been ‘washed through’.

Initially scheduled for a 2010 grid connection, the plant has been plagued by setbacks since construction began in the 1970s, and last month saw engineers removing fuel from the facility to make further ‘checks’.
 

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