The spokesman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that Russia's commitment to build next units of Bushehr nuclear power plant is unaffected by US sanctions.

Iran Press/Iran news: Behrouz Kamalvandi added that the nuclear fuel rods of Bushehr Power Plant have been replaced and the power station was reconnected to the national grid since about a week ago.

Kamalvandi also said that the construction of units 2 and 3 of Bushehr was started two years ago and is 3-4 months ahead of schedule, Iran Press reported.

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said, "A stupid US move was to announce sanctions on new units in Bushehr, while Russia is building these units, saying that it does not accept and enforce US sanctions, so the US action is just one word and can not be an obstacle."

In response to the question whether the latest developments around the nuclear deal with Iran will affect nuclear projects in that country, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov told RIA Novosti on 08 May: "Rosatom has always met and is meeting all its obligations in all of its international projects."

Russian-built Bushehr 1 - the first nuclear power unit in the Middle East - was connected to the national grid on 3 September 2011. Bushehr units 2 and 3 are to be completed in 2024 and 2026, respectively.

Rosatom subsidiary ASE, which is the general contractor for the Bushehr project, and Nuclear Power Production and Development Company of Iran signed an EPC turnkey contract for construction of the units at Bushehr in November 2014.

The two VVER-1000 units will be built with Generation III+ technology, including the latest safety features, and have a combined capacity of 2100 MWe, ASE has said.

Russian-built Bushehr 1 was connected to the national grid on 3 September, 2011 and became the first nuclear power plant in the Middle East. 

The first foundation stone for units 2 and 3 of the Bushehr nuclear power plant was laid in a ceremony held at the construction site in southern Iran in September 2016.105/213


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