Saturday, July 02, 2011

Again, we hear that Bushehr is right around the corner


Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant to join national grid in September: FM
TEHRAN, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will join the national grid in September, the State IRIB TV website reported on Monday.

In fresh remarks on Sunday night, Salehi said that Iran will celebrate joining of the Bushehr nuclear power plant to the national grid in early September, said the report.
I'll be happy when it opens, but I don't have any expectations that it will open in the foreseeable future. Iran's nuclear issue though, is becoming generally less important. After Egypt's elections, the US likely will have fewer diplomatic resources and less energy to devote to hampering Iran's nuclear program.

We will eventually see Bushehr operational, and Iran, contrary to US offers, will not have to give up its uranium enrichment capabilities to get it on line. But we are unlikely to see it operational in 2011.

3 comments:

George Carty said...

How much damage was actually done by Stuxnet, BTW?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Russians sabotaged it as a way to gracefully delay the project to make the Americans happy.

George Carty said...

Actually, I think the Russians have a good reason to sabotage nuclear reactors in any foreign country if they could get away with it, not just Iran.

After all, the less nuclear power there is in the world, the more money Gazprom gets to make by selling natural gas.