Iran’s Sole Nuclear Power Plant Back Online As Energy Crisis Approaches
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
On July 5, Iran’s only nuclear power plant has been brought back to work after a shut down two weeks ago.
On June 20, the state-run TV reported that Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant had undergone a ‘temporary emergency shutdown’.
According to preliminary reports by state electric energy company, the shutdown should last “for 3-4 days”, but it took two weeks to bring the plant back to work.
Despite rumors of a possible sabotage attack by Israel, the reason of the shutdown was a “technical fault”.
According to Bushehr plant’s manager and deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mahmoud Jafari, the “technical fault” that shut down the plant’s 1,000-megawatt reactor was fixed and power generation was resumed.
Located in the southern port city of Bushehr, the facility is Iran’s sole nuclear power plant. It went online in 2011 with help from Russia. Earlier this year, nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari warned that the plant could stop working since Iran cannot purchase parts and equipment for it from Russia due to banking sanctions, which were re-imposed by the US in 2018.
Iran’s foreign ministry at the time described the shutdown as “routine”, saying it was carried out “once or twice each year”.
Repair of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant may significantly ease the situation in Iran, where heat and drought that also affected hydro-electrical facilities, increased electricity demand all over the country. Tehran reportedly spent last night in complete darkness.
Regular power cuts have already caused protests in several cities. The power outage now seems to be one of major challenges for Ebrahin Raisi, the newly-elected president of Iran.
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