Iran has successfully carried out the principal tests of the country’s first nuclear power plant as it gears up for launch in the near future, says an official.
“A 250 bar (atmospheric) pressure test has been successfully carried out at the Bushehr nuclear plant in order to ensure the systems’ working status,” IRNA quoted Mahmoud Jafari, a senior nuclear official with the plant, as saying on Thursday.
“All the installations and tests are now complete and the plant is now headed for launch,” he added.
The Islamic Republic has also carried out other tests earlier in the year.
In February, tests were carried out at the power plant using “dummy” fuel rods loaded with lead in place of enriched uranium to simulate nuclear fuel.
The Bushehr plant was originally scheduled to be completed in 1999 with the help from Iran’s Russian partners.
Moscow said earlier this year that the plant would come online before the Iranian New Year, which occurs on March 21, 2010.