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Bushehr NPP produced 7bn kWh of power last year: Official

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The director of Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) says the facility has produced nearly seven billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity over the past year.

The nuclear plant is now temporarily shut down for its first refueling after 7,000 hours of effective operation, Hossein Derakhshandeh told reporters on Sunday.

The refueling process will take place under water for two weeks, and at the same time, 700 Iranian experts will conduct annual technical inspections and maintenance, he noted.

In September 2013, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr for two years.

The initial construction of the Bushehr facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. After signing a deal on the construction of nuclear plants in 1992, Iran and Russia reached an agreement in 1995 to complete the Bushehr plant.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV on February 3, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the Islamic Republic is in talks with Russia for the construction of new nuclear power plants to produce 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

On January 16, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had exchanged views with senior Russian officials over the construction of new nuclear power plants in Iran during his visit to Moscow.

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