Emergency shutdown reported at Iranian nuclear plant, officials say power facility offline for ‘technical overhaul’

Emergency shutdown reported at Iranian nuclear plant, officials say power facility offline for ‘technical overhaul’

Iran’s only Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has been shut down, and will remain offline for “three to four days,” state TV reported. The shutdown is the first in the plant’s ten years of operation.

An official from Iran’s state power company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, announced the shutdown on a talk show on Sunday, and told the public that it could result in power outages. Rakhshanimehr said that the plant was shut down on Saturday “for technical overhaul which will continue for a few days.”

Construction on the Bushehr plant began before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, was interrupted by the Iran-Iraq war, and finally completed with Russian assistance. The plant began supplying electricity in 2011, and has never been shut down since.

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