Delays at Bushehr

19 February 2007

[Regnum.Ru 12 December; Nuclear.Ru 13 December Russia's Atomstroyexport (ASE) is completing the 1000 MWe Bushehr pressurized water reactor, started by Siemens in 1975, quite separately from Iran's indigenous uranium enrichment program. Bushehr is scheduled to start up in November 2007, but reports say Iranian officials insist on letter-perfect execution of the contract, yet are consistently short of funding: $25 million short in October and $37 million short in October-November. Meanwhile, ASE has increased the project workforce by 500.

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