Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant restarts operation after maintenance

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-01 02:00:09|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TEHRAN, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant in the south of the country restarted operation after temporarily shutdown for technical overhaul, Eghtesad online news website reported Tuesday.

"The plant will operate for 298 days and generate 7.3 billion kilowatt-hours of power," Hossein Ghaffari, head of the plant, was quoted as saying.

The facility was shut down for maintenance in March.

Ghaffari said that 13 experts from eight countries checked the plant recently and approved its compliance with international standards.

The report said that the Bushehr nuclear reactor has generated over 35 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity since 2011.

The construction of the Bushehr plant started in 1975 with the help by several German companies.

However, the work was halted when the United States imposed an embargo on hi-tech supplies to Iran after the 1979 Revolution. Russia signed a contract with Iran to complete the construction in 1998.

The power station became officially operational and was connected to Iran's national grid in September 2011, generating electricity at 40 percent capacity.

The plant reached its maximum power generation capacity, namely 1,000 megawatts, in August 2012.