Nuclear Power Plant Sudden Temporarily Closed, Iran Threatened by Blackout?

Iran did not explain the reason for the emergency shutdown at the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Taüi officials warned of possible power outages for three to four days while repairs were carried out.

UMMATIMES - Iran's only nuclear power plant is temporarily closed, state TV reported on Sunday (20/06).

It is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown at the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

What are the authorities saying?

An official at Iran's state electricity company Tavanir said on a talk show on state TV that the plant was closed on Saturday (19/06) and the shutdown would last "for three to four days."

He warned that power cuts could occur as a result of this shutdown.

However, the official did not immediately specify what technical improvements were made, or what factors contributed to the shutdown.

What is known about the power plant?

Construction of the nuclear plant, located in the southern port city of Bushehr, began in the 1970s. Its construction was then completed with Russian assistance and the plant began operations in 2011.

Under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, the uranium used for power generation is produced in Russia. Iran is also obliged to send back spent fuel rods to Russia. However, due to US sanctions, Iran's access to secure equipment and parts from Russia is blocked.

Iranian nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari expressed his concerns about the plant in March. Jafari said the plant could stop operating. The plant is monitored by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).