Spokesperson for the country’s energy ministry is quoted by state TV as saying the Bushehr power plant is back online after being unexpectedly shut down 2 weeks ago ‘for repairs’; Iran earlier said it lacked tools for repairs due to U.S. sanctions
Iran’s sole nuclear power plant is back online following an emergency shutdown two weeks ago for a “technical overhaul,” state TV reported Saturday.
The report quoted Mostafa Rajabi Mashahdi, spokesperson for the country’s energy ministry and state-run power company TAVANIR, as saying the Bushehr plant “returned to production energy” after the completion of needed maintenance.
“After repairs … the Bushehr power plant is back online, and 1000 MW of electricity is injected into the country’s distribution network,” Mashhadi said.Mashahdi did not elaborate but last week, Iran’s nuclear department said engineers were working to repair the plant’s broken generator.Authorities earlier this year had warned of Bushehr’s possible closure because of American sanctions barring Iran from procuring equipment for repairs.
Bushehr is fueled by uranium produced in Russia, not Iran, and is monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA acknowledged being aware of reports about the plant, but declined to comment.Construction on Bushehr, on the coast of the northern reaches of the Persian Gulf, began under Iran’s shah in the mid-1970s.
After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the plant was repeatedly targeted in the Iran-Iraq war. Russia later completed construction of the facility.The 1,000-megwatt plant feeds the grid with enough energy for a tiny part of Iran’s nationwide 64,000-megawatt consumption.