Bushehr nuclear power plant will become operational with half capacity next summer, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark Eid ul-Ghadir, the minister said, "Grounds would be prepared for injection of fuel to the 1,000-megawatt power station after completion of the nuclear fuel by Russia which will take place in eight stages." The Bushehr power station is being built with the help of Russia's Atomostroiexport corporation.
According to IRNA, the first consignment of nuclear fuel was delivered by Russia to Iran on December 17 while the second cargo arrived in the country on December 28. The initial fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant is about 82 tons which would be delivered to Iran in eight separate consignments from Russia within two months.