Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, director of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), said that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will be connected to the national grid by the end of August.

Abbasi-Davani also said that as soon as the power plant is connected to the grid, it will be able to generate 40 per cent of its total power capacity.

The power plant reached first fuel loading in August 2010, as engineers loaded 163 fuel rods into the reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Abbasi said that Iranian officials have emphasised that the plant should have the highest level of safety, particularly after the incident at Japan’s Fukushima power plant.

The Bushehr power plant is located near the port of Bushehr on the coast of the Persian Gulf, and will produce 1000 MW once it becomes fully operational.

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