Iran’s Only Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes Emergency Shutdown

Iran’s Only Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes Emergency Shutdown

Official says temporary shutdown for repairs started on Saturday and could last up to four days, possibly causing power outages.

Andrew H. Sweet

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has been temporarily shut down for a “technical overhaul,” Iranian state TV has said.

This is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant, located in the southern port city of Bushehr.

It went online in 2011 with help from Russia. Iran is required to send spent fuel rods from the reactor back to Russia as a nuclear nonproliferation measure.

In March, nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari said the plant could stop working since Iran cannot procure parts and equipment for it from Russia due to banking sanctions imposed by the United States in 2018.

Bushehr is fuelled by uranium produced in Russia, not Iran, and is monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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