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Iran: Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant operational following repairs

(FILES) -- File picture dated April 3, 2007 shows an Iranian flag outside the building housing the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the southern Iranian port town of Bushehr, 1200 Kms south of Tehran. Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced on February 9, 2010 that Tehran has started to produce 20 percent enriched uranium at its Natanz facility, the ISNA news agency reported. He also said the much-delayed Russian-built nuclear power plant will be commissioned in spring 2010. The completion of the plant has been delayed repeatedly amid Western concerns that Iran's nuclear programme masks building of atomic weapons, a charge denied by Tehran. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP FILES / AFP) (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP FILES/AFP via Getty Images)
File picture dated April 3, 2007 shows an Iranian flag outside the building housing the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the southern Iranian port town of Bushehr, 1200 Kms south of Tehran [BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP FILES/AFP via Getty Images]

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported on Saturday that the Bushehr Nuclear Power plant had resumed activities after being shut down two weeks ago due to repairs.

IRIB quoted Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, spokesperson for state-run power company TAVANIR, stating: "After repairs the Bushehr power plant is back to work, and 1,000 MW of electricity is injected into the country's distribution network."

Last week, Iran's nuclear department disclosed that engineers were working to repair the plant's broken generator.

Iran has witnessed power outages, which officials attribute to the high demand for electricity due to the hot, dry weather during the summer.

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