"The Bushehr nuclear power plant will join the national power grid by the next 40 year," Deputy Head of AEOI Behzad Soltani told reporters in Iran's Northeastern city of Mashhad today.
He further assured that the sanctions imposed on the country by the West could never undermine the country's nuclear progress, stressing that Iran's future nuclear advancements will prove ineffectiveness of enemies' pressures.
On October 26, Iran began loading fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant reactor in a last step before the facility can start operation.
The move came after the country completed all principal tests of the power plant, including 250 bar pressure, 110 bar pressure on the second orbit, test on spherical metal with five load pressure as well as warm test which were all conducted with success.
The fuel was injected into the heart of the reactor after doing overall controls over the equipments of the first orbit and presenting the necessary documents to the county's nuclear safety body and acquiring the necessary certificates for the project.
In this phase 163 fuel rods will be injected into the plant's core. The first nuclear power plant in Iran, region and the Middle East will start operation after all fuel rods are sent to the center of the reactor.
AEOI Head Ali Akbar Salehi had earlier announced his organization hopes that loading fuel into the Bushehr nuclear power plant reactor would complete in 55 days, and that the plant would join the national power grid in mid February.
Western corporations began the construction of the Bushehr facility in the 1970s. However, following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Western companies reneged on their commitments and pulled out of the project due to political pressure from Washington.
Iran then turned to Russia to complete the project. In 1992, Tehran and Moscow signed a deal to complete the construction of the nuclear power plant. Russia started building the nuclear facility in 1994.
The startup of the station, originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, was delayed on several occasions, but it eventually seems that the nuclear facility will start power generation in just a few weeks.