Bushehr Nuclear Plant at Full Capacity in February, Iran Says

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, temporarily disconnected last month for safety tests, will operate at full capacity in February, Mehr reported, citing Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organization.

Iran expects to restart the Russian-built 1,000-megawatt plant at full capacity during the ten-day celebration starting on Feb. 1 marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the news agency said.

Bushehr, Iran’s first nuclear plant, is located near the southern port city of the same name. It was linked to the national power grid on Sept. 12 and began generating electricity at 50 percent of its capacity on Oct. 7 before being shut down for tests two weeks later.

The U.S. and the European Union say Iran’s nuclear program may be a cover for the development of atomic weapons. Iran rejects the allegation, saying it needs nuclear power to meet the energy needs of its growing population.

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