Iran's Sole Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes Emergency Shutdown

June 21, 2021

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Associated Press

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Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, an official at the Iranian state-owned electrical company Tavanir, said that Iran had shut down the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) on June 19. It was the first time the plant has been shut down in its operational life. Tavanir announced separately that the BNPP would be undergoing repairs until June 25. According to Rakhshanimehr, the shutdown could result in power outages. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which monitors the BNPP, said that it was aware of reports about a shutdown. In March, Iranian nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari had warned that the BNPP might stop operating because U.S. economic sanctions were preventing Iran from obtaining key components and equipment from Russia, which supplies the plant's fuel.