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Bushehr connected to Iran's grid

Controversial nuclear plant adds 60MW to nation's power grid

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Iran's nuclear facility, Bushehr, is connected to the country's power grid. (Getty Images).
Iran's nuclear facility, Bushehr, is connected to the country's power grid. (Getty Images).

Iran’s first nuclear reactor, and the first in the Middle East, has been linked to the national grid after more than 30 years of technical setbacks, wars and political wrangling.

Currently producing just 60 megawatts of its 1,000 megawatt capacity, the Russian-built plant in the south of the country has been delayed by more than a year after a technical issue saw its fuel being unloaded earlier this year.

Originally planned to be the first of several reactors at the site, the Bushehr plant will begin increasing its capacity to reach its intended 1,000 megawatts, and the country’s ministry has recently announced that it is in talks with Russian experts over the construction of further facilities elsewhere in the country.
 

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