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    RUSSIAN NUCLEAR POWER MINISTER TO DISCUSS IN IRAN ISSUE OF "BUSHEHR" NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CONSTRUCTION

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    MOSCOW, January 8, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The final term for putting into operation of the first power-generating unit of the Bushehr Nuclear power Plant, which is being constructed by Russian specialists, will be determined in the course of Russian Nuclear Energy Minister Aleksander Rumyantsev's visit to Teheran. This was disclosed to RIA Novosti by the press-service of the Russian Nuclear Energy Ministry.

    "The visit will take place on February 15-20, 2004. This date was set in the course of the recent meeting on January 5th between Aleksander Rumyantsev and Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Gholam-Reza Shafei," a source in the Nuclear Power Ministry disclosed.

    "The putting into operation of the first power-generating unit was scheduled for March, 2004, however, due to technical problems Russia proposed to reschedule this operation until 2005," the source in the press-service said.

    "In the course of the initial start of the unit, the reactor will already have a self-sustaining chain reaction. However, the output power of the unit will be low. After that the reactor will be connected to electricity supply network and transformed to the nominal power output - 1,000 megawatt-hour," the source in the Russian Nuclear Energy Ministry said.

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