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Rosatom Ready To Hand Bushehr Nuclear Plant To Iran

The nuclear power plant outside the city of Bushehr, in southern Iran (file photo)
The head of Russian nuclear regulator Rosatom has said that state company will soon sign documents transferring operational control of the Bushehr nuclear power plant to Iran.

"Bushehr is currently operating at 100-percent capacity and the process of preparing it for transfer to the project originator is concluding," Rosatom's Sergei Kiriyenko said.

The "project originator" is Iran.

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Rosatom's construction wing, Atomstroyeksport, finished construction at Bushehr, after a German company started in the mid-1970s but pulled out of after the 1979 Iranian revolution.

The government in Tehran signed the Bushehr contract with Russia in 1995.

Bushehr reached full capacity at the end of August 2012.

There have been Russian nuclear specialists working at the plant.

Kiriyenko did not say whether any would remain once Iran takes over control of operations.

Based on reporting by Interfax and