Final Tests Under Way at Iran's Nuclear Power Plant

Bushehr expected to generate electricity in the next two months
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2011 11:57 AM CDT
This file photo made Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, shows the Bushehr nuclear power plant, outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, file)

(Newser) – Iran's first nuclear power plant is expected to begin generating electricity within two months, according to Iranian media. Final tests are being conducted at the Russian-built Bushehr complex, following a series of missed deadlines, Reuters reports. After fuel was first loaded into Bushehr last August, officials predicted the plant would start producing power in two to three months.

That date was pushed back as the plant suffered problems and delays, potentially thanks to the Stuxnet computer virus; Tehran claims Stuxnet affected staff computers, not major systems . Most recently, fuel had to be unloaded and checked for technical problems. (Click to see why Russian scientists fear "another Chernobyl" at Bushehr.)

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