Iran Nuclear Plant Goes into Emergency Shutdown

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant located south of the capital city of Tehran, has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown because of an alleged “technical fault” that could last several days. 

An official from the state electric energy company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said they started the shutdown last Saturday and expect the plant to be inoperable for at least four days. 

The state electric energy company has not yet disclosed exact details on the “technical fault” but advised citizens that there may be rotating blackouts.

The state electricity company also called on Iranians to reduce consumption during peak hours because of a “predicted rise in temperature” and “limitations in power generation due to ongoing repairs at [the] Bushehr plant”.

Iranian nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari said last March that the  Bushehr plant could stop working soon after being unable to procure parts from Russia due to US sanctions. 

“Following a technical fault at Bushehr power plant, and after a one-day notice to the energy ministry, the plant was temporarily shut down and taken off the power grid,” announced the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization.

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