the Bushehr nuclear power plant
The Bushehr nuclear power plant
Photo: AP
The Bushehr nuclear power plant

Iran's sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

Official says closure - which began on Saturday - could last 'three to four days,' warning of potential power outages across the country; Iran warned in March facility could stop working as sanctions made parts hard to get

Associated Press |
Published: 06.20.21, 20:52
Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday.
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  • An official from the state electric energy company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last “for three to four days.”
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    the Bushehr nuclear power plant
    the Bushehr nuclear power plant
    The Bushehr nuclear power plant
    (Photo: AP)
    He said that power outages could result. He did not elaborate but this is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant, located in the southern port city of Bushehr. It went online in 2011 with help from Russia. Iran is required to send spent fuel rods from the reactor back to Russia as a nuclear nonproliferation measure.
    In March, nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari said the plant could stop working since Iran cannot procure parts and equipment for it from Russia due to banking sanctions imposed by the U.S. in 2018.
    Bushehr is fueled by uranium produced in Russia, not Iran, and is monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA did not immediately respond to request for comment on the reported shutdown.
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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits one of the country's nuclear sites
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits one of the country's nuclear sites
    Then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits one of the country's nuclear sites
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    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 plant, which sits near active fault lines and was built to withstand powerful quakes, has been periodically shaken by temblors. There have been no significant earthquakes reported in the area in recent days.

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