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Iranian Nuclear Plant Back At 'Full Capacity'

An Iranian operator (right) and a Russian operator discuss a document as they monitor the nuclear power plant unit in Bushehr.
Iran says its sole nuclear power plant is now linked to the national energy grid at full capacity after having to be taken off-line for two months.

The head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization, Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, said on January 9 that the Bushehr power plant in southern Iran was linked to the national grid on January 5 and "reached its full capacity of 1,000 megawatts" on January 8.

He said the shutdown was "needed to check the fuel and the reactor."

The plant's first unit was brought to full capacity in August 2012 after several delays.

Atomstroieksport, the Russian contractor for the nuclear plant, has said the second reactor for the plant will be ready for commissioning in March 2013.

Also in March, Atomstroieksport is to transfer the plant's operations over to Iranian technicians.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax