Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has been urgently shut down – State TV


Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has undergone an emergency shutdown, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization reported that a technical fault in the power plant led to the plant being temporarily shut down and disconnected from the national power grid, according to Iranian news agency Fars. The AEO said the plant will be reconnected to the power grid in the coming days.

Iran’s Power Transmission, Generation and Distribution Company (TAVANIR) deputy coordinator told Fars the plant was temporarily closed for “technical repairs,” which would continue for about three to four days.

Last month, a massive fire broke out near the Islamic Republic’s only operating nuclear power plant in Bushehr. Last July, the city of Bushehr saw another large fire break out at the Delvar shipyard.

In addition to the fires ravaging the plant, Iran said in March that Bushehr could shut down altogether this year as the country struggles to keep the unit running amid financial problems caused by US sanctions. , the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported.

The incident comes as Iran and world powers continued negotiations on the renewal of the Iran nuclear deal on Sunday for the first time since Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge under US sanctions for human rights violations , was elected the next president of Iran.

The incident is the latest in a series of incidents reported in Iranian infrastructure and nuclear facilities in particular.

An alleged Israeli attack on the Natanz nuclear complex in April, along with a number of other reported attacks on Iranian targets, were initially reported as an “accident”. Former AEO chief Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani announced after the attack that it was the fifth such attack on the Natanz nuclear site in 15 years.

Thousands of centrifuges were destroyed in the attack on Natanz. A separate attack in July last year also caused extensive damage, rolling back Iran’s nuclear program by several years.

Since last year, a number of fires and explosions have affected Iranian infrastructure and petrochemical plants. Iranian officials called most of the cases incidents or accidents, although some reports claimed at least some of them involved criminal act.


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