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|*Clip # 1284 - Iranian Nuclear Chief Mohammad Sa'idi on Russian Involvement
in Building the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant
The following are excerpts from an interview with Mohammad Sa'idi,
international affairs deputy in the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization,
which aired on Jaam-e Jam 2 TV on September 26, 2006.
Mohammad Sa'idi: You've raised a good question. I have never thought that
the [delay] in building the Bushehr nuclear plant stems from a political
problem. In recent years, ever since the contract was signed, there have
been two main problems. The main problem regarding the building of the
Bushehr nuclear power plant, which still remains and which we are trying to
resolve, is the managing structure of the Russian contracting company. Over
the past decade, Russian companies have become governmental or private
companies. We are not talking only about the Atomstroyexport company, the
contractor for the completion of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Other
important Russian companies were in a similar situation: They would become
governmental companies for a six-month period, and then private companies
for six months. The company's executive director and board of directors were
replaced 11 or 12 times, each time becoming either governmental or private.
This in itself created delays in the construction of the power plant. The
power plant had to face another problem: Due to these structural changes,
the management was not good.
Interviewer: [IAEO chief] Mr. Aghazadeh protested [in Russia], saying that
if the Russians do not complete the power plant, Iran would do it itself.
Should this be viewed as a bluff, or is it true?
Mohammad Sa'idi: This is by no means a bluff. As I said, in light of the
equipment that needs to be completed... I should point out, to you and to
the dear viewers, that one of the critical stages of this project was the
need for these 4,500 kilometers of cables. At a certain point we realized
that the Russian contractor was saying that they had sent the order for
cable production to some European companies, which were unable to produce
them. We told them right away that there are companies in Iran that are
capable of making [these cables]. We introduced these companies to the
[Russian contractor], and said that it could have these very sensitive and
hi-tech cables produced by the Iranian companies. Four months ago, [the
contractor] submitted its proposal to the Iranian companies. One hundred and
eighty kilometers of these sensitive cables are now being produced in Iran.
[...] Although the delay in building the reactor is not political, the
Russian government delayed the fuel
transfer for political reasons.
Interviewer: What is the current situation?
Mohammad Sa'idi: The Russian government has made a commitment to transfer
the fuel to Iran in March 2007.
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