Iran goes nuclear this month
Iranian officials say Bushehr will come onstream 'mid-Ramadan'
The oft-delayed and highly controversial Bushehr plant in Iran is ready for launch this month, according to its Russian builders.
In a televised interview, Iran’s foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi said: “The reactor will reach 40 per cent of its power in mid-Ramadan (mid-August), and will be connected to the grid,” also saying that the celebration of the connection would be held at the end of Ramadan.
Originally launched in August last year, fuel rods were unloaded from the plant in February 2011 over safety concerns, with the constructors blaming poor technology and ageing equipment. The plant was originally begun in the mid 1970s, with its construction hampered by wars. When running at full power, it will add 1,000 megawatts to the country’s national grid.