Saturday, February 26, 2011

In setback, Iran to unload fuel from nuclear plant

Awwww, that's to bad.

Looks like the stuxnet may have done a little more than previously thought.

Or Maybe just some "Technical Difficulties", or maybe some Unqualified Personnel running the show?

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a major setback to Iran's nuclear program, technicians will have to unload fuel from the country's first atomic power plant because of an unspecified safety concern, a senior government official said.

The vague explanation raised questions about whether the mysterious computer worm known as Stuxnet might have caused more damage at the Bushehr plant than previously acknowledged. Other explanations are possible for unloading the fuel rods from the reactor core of the newly completed plant, including routine technical difficulties.

While the exact reason behind the fuel's removal is unclear, the admission is seen as a major embarrassment for Tehran because it has touted Bushehr — Iran's first atomic power plant — as its showcase nuclear facility and sees it as a source of national pride. When the Islamic Republic began loading the fuel just four months ago, Iranian officials celebrated the achievement.

Iran's envoy to the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency in Vienna said that Russia, which provided the fuel and helped construct the Bushehr plant, had demanded the fuel be taken out.

1 comment:

Lorne Marr said...

Bushehr was originally scheduled to come on stream in July 1999 but the start-up has been delayed repeatedly by construction and supply glitches. Now, more than 12 years later, Iran is having problems with it again. How is it going to handle more serious problems once they get the plant going? The probability of an accident is just too high and the world has a reason to be worried.