Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Iran loads first fuel batch into Bushehr plant

Iran has begun the process of loading fuel into its first nuclear power plant. The Bushehr plant is expected to be fully operational and producing electricity by 2011. Russia will operate the plant, located in southern Iran, supplying fuel and clearing way the nuclear waste.

Iran has been subject to four rounds of UN sanctions due to lack of transparency regarding its nuclear programme, but experts say that as long as Russia operates the Bushehr plant, under the strict supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), there should be no suspect propagation.

The uranium fuel, to be produced by the Bushehr plant, will be below the enrichment level needed for a nuclear weapon, which must be enriched by more than 90 per cent, the fuel at Bushehr will only be enriched by 3.5 per cent.

Source: BBC News

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