TEHRAN – Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), told Sputnik that his country can produce nuclear fuel in his country and will soon start using it at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr.
The construction of power units at the Bushehr nuclear power plant is the largest Russian-Iranian joint project.
The first block of the nuclear power plant, completed in cooperation with Russia, was connected to the Iranian national electricity grid in September 2011.
The construction of the second block is underway, while a contract for the construction of the third plant has been signed.
Moscow has supplied Tehran with the nuclear fuel necessary for the operation of the reactor of the first unit. The last Russian fuel supply was made in April 2020.
Iran is already saving around 80 million barrels of oil by generating electricity at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Eslami noted.
According to IRNA, Eslami also said that Iran âdoes not intend to produce nuclear fuel beyond 60% purity.
Eslami also confirmed that Tehran has paid all of its debt to Russia for the construction of the first block of the Bushehr power plant.
In August, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said Moscow and Tehran had failed to settle Iranian debt for the nuclear power plant due to US sanctions, which froze Tehran funds in Japanese banks and South Korean.
However, the nuclear power plant continued to operate normally.
“Thanks to this nuclear power plant, Iran is adding around 1,000 megawatts of electricity to the grid and has already generated around 52 billion kilowatts of electricity to date,” said Eslami.
Nuclear facilities constantly monitored to detect possible cyber attacks
Regarding the security of Iranian nuclear facilities, the head of the AEOI also confirmed that the critical infrastructure of Iranian nuclear facilities is secure and that vulnerabilities are constantly monitored for possible cyber attacks.
Eslami stressed that “every country pays great attention to the security of its nuclear power plants … All our systems are secure, all their vulnerabilities are under control thanks to the measures we have taken.
“We hope that such enhanced security measures in our nuclear infrastructure will disappoint those who attempt to compromise it,” he added.
Iranian electronic systems have recently become the target of cyber attacks. In October, Iran’s fuel delivery system was attacked. Iranian authorities then accused the United States and Israel of being behind the cyberattack.
In July, the computer systems of the Iranian Ministry of Transport were deactivated. In addition, an attack on the management system of a state railway company disrupted train operations.