Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant is operational

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the Bushehr power plant is operational, Press TV reported on Wednesday.

"As we have previously announced, Bushehr power plant has reached the criticality stage, meaning it has been successfully launched," Salehi reportedly said.

http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=221118

After Fukushima, let's all hope they have a sucessful operating record!

It's too late for Israel to pull another Operation Opera, as they did in Iraq.

Will Stuxnet make another appearance? Can the Iranians safely operate a reactor?

"Not only do they have active faults, but many, many unmapped active faults," says Andrew Freed, an associate professor with Purdue University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. "(It's) not a good place to build a nuclear plant."

The reactor design is the Soviet VVER-1000 PWR.
 

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Good for them. They have every right to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power and other peaceful nuclear science and engineering, and a light-water power reactor is not particularly useful for proliferation, even in rogue hands. I wonder what their arrangements are with regards to IAEA safeguards or inspections?

I trust their cyber-security is better this time.
 
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Good for them. They have every right to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power and other peaceful nuclear science and engineering
Considering how nuts their state ideology is, I am not excited about this in the least.
 
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Every country has the right to own nuclear power facilities, not only USA and Israel.

That's good for Iran, and I wish that for all other countries.

Concerning the safety, I think Iran has many nuclear scientists qualified to deal with accidents, etc.
 
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Every country has the right to own nuclear power facilities, not only USA and Israel.
Yes.

That's good for Iran
Economically speaking, it is not. Iran has vast reserves of cheap oil, and there are byproducts of oil extraction, such as gas, which cost almost nothing (at the point of extraction).

This is yet another reason to suspect that Iran regime does not build reactors because they want cheaper electricity.
 
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Every country has the right to own nuclear power facilities, not only USA and Israel.

That's good for Iran, and I wish that for all other countries.

Concerning the safety, I think Iran has many nuclear scientists qualified to deal with accidents, etc.
No. Only Sovereign nations with truly democratically elected governments and leaders should have the "right" to nuclear technology. That being said, I do not really have a problem with Iran contracting the russkies to build and operate a LWR for electricity.
 
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Considering how nuts their state ideology is, I am not excited about this in the least.
Yes ,quite,you must ask how many countries these fruit loops have bombed into oblivion in recent years:biggrin:
 
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Thus far the thread has generated two facts.
  • Bushehr is operational.
  • It is a VVER reactor design.

and one potential discussion on seismic risk.

The rest is politics, not nuclear engineering.
 
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If memory serves, the initial designs and construction were for a Siemens/AREVA offering, so there must have been substantial re-engineering to fit the VVER into a different construction envelope. That may be as much a factor in the delay as foot dragging for political purposes.
More broadly, the reactor will help train new generations of nuclear technicians in quantity. With a sufficiently deep talent pool, Iran's nuclear development will gradually become largely impervious to outside pressures.
 
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If memory serves, the initial designs and construction were for a Siemens/AREVA offering, so there must have been substantial re-engineering to fit the VVER into a different construction envelope. That may be as much a factor in the delay as foot dragging for political purposes.
More broadly, the reactor will help train new generations of nuclear technicians in quantity. With a sufficiently deep talent pool, Iran's nuclear development will gradually become largely impervious to outside pressures.
What is known about the extent of uranium resources inside Iran, are they dependent on imports? I know they have initially bought foreign enrichment equipment (thus the vulnerability to stuxnet). It also appears large nuclear vessels and large valves have been purchased outside Iran, so they may still have foreign dependences.
 
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Yes ,quite,you must ask how many countries these fruit loops have bombed into oblivion in recent years:biggrin:
They did not, because they can't.

It was 1944-55 last time when a country was bombed into oblivion. Evil Allies, they bombed poor Germans and Japanese civilians? Right??

Seriously though.

I am not careless enough to dismiss presence of raving lunatics in power just because *so far* they were unable to force their insane beliefs to the rest of the world.
 
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Thus far the thread has generated two facts.
  • Bushehr is operational.
  • It is a VVER reactor design.

and one potential discussion on seismic risk.

The rest is politics, not nuclear engineering.
I will add one, which was implied by the stuff I posted earlier.

Bushehr has been operational for quite some time. This is known. Someone in Iran chose to remind us of this fact. This thread is pure politics, because it a reaction to that (redundant) announcement.

So maybe we can all stop hyperventilating and go back to the nuclear engineering talk?
 
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They did not, because they can't.

It was 1944-55 last time when a country was bombed into oblivion. Evil Allies, they bombed poor Germans and Japanese civilians? Right??

Seriously though.

I am not careless enough to dismiss presence of raving lunatics in power just because *so far* they were unable to force their insane beliefs to the rest of the world.
Hmm ,more than a little disconcerting.
 
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Iran has vast reserves of cheap oil, and there are byproducts of oil extraction, such as gas, which cost almost nothing (at the point of extraction).

This is yet another reason to suspect that Iran regime does not build reactors because they want cheaper electricity.
#1) Iran's reserves are currently in the depletion phase.

#2) The US and the EU have, in their wisdom, decided to impose sanctions upon Iran's economic jugular, its oil exports, and also upon the banks that finance deals involving Iranian oil. This is tantamount to an act of war, and is intended to destabilize the regime and provoke regime change. Unintended consequences to many parties are possible.

#3) In response, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz - their choke point to the Persian Gulf and a big percentage of global oil production. Some in the West have said this (a form of MAD?) is their right, and that they have the ability to do it. This is of course in some dispute. But the situation threatens to become grave.

Apparently the sanctions are to go into effect in July.

Respectfully submitted,
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What is known about the extent of uranium resources inside Iran, are they dependent on imports?
They have ten mines in production. Internationally it was judged to be a minimal quantity. It may be enough to produce local electricity.

On the politics side, I'm inclined to the opinion that you don't give guns to madmen.

I don't think their government is sustainable, but the people seem to accept it. This month they moved to implement an 'halal' isolated version of the Internet. I imagine it will become as bad as North Korea.
 
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Can the Iranians safely operate a reactor?
In the sense that I think you mean it, yes. But I think that their nuclear efforts are going to get bombed/missiled -- in the foreseeable future. Unless it's clearly established that their nuclear programs aren't producing materials for massively destructive devices. But even then -- why take a chance. Plus they control substantial oil reserves. There seem to me to be some good reasons to think that Iran's going to get hit hard.
 
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Some of the comments in this thread decry the fact that much of the thread is about politics and not science. Did anyone notice the forum in which it is posted? I just don't get why a thread in the Politics and World Affairs forum is supposed to avoid discussion of Politics and World Affairs.
 
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Concerning the safety, I think Iran has many nuclear scientists qualified to deal with accidents, etc.
I seriously doubt that that (factual though it may well be) has any particular relevance to the issues at hand. The main issue is that the leadership in Iran in the hands of people whose actions make them appear to be lunatics and it's not wise to let lunatics play with guns.
 
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Oh for the gift of seeing ourselves as others see us. Just a thought
 
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I seriously doubt that that (factual though it may well be) has any particular relevance to the issues at hand. The main issue is that the leadership in Iran in the hands of people whose actions make them appear to be lunatics and it's not wise to let lunatics play with guns.
Fun fact: they already have guns.
Fun fact 2: they have shown considerable restraint with regards to WMDs by not retaliating in kind when Saddam gassed their front line troops during the war.
Fun fact 3: The current Ayatollah was in favor of stopping at Iraq's border, when the war started turning.
Fun fact 4: Prior to Amano being instated as DG of the IAEA, the agency had stated repeatedly and in no uncertain terms that there is no Iranian nuke program. Now it's all "coulda woulda mighta" and still the inspections turn up nothing untoward.
 
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Fun fact: they already have guns.
Fun fact 2: they have shown considerable restraint with regards to WMDs by not retaliating in kind when Saddam gassed their front line troops during the war.
Fun fact 3: The current Ayatollah was in favor of stopping at Iraq's border, when the war started turning.
Fun fact 4: Prior to Amano being instated as DG of the IAEA, the agency had stated repeatedly and in no uncertain terms that there is no Iranian nuke program. Now it's all "coulda woulda mighta" and still the inspections turn up nothing untoward.
You feel real comfortable w/ them have nukes, huh?

Nothing untoward? Are you reading the same news stories I am? The IAEA seems to have shown conclusively, even with the limited information they have been able to obtain, that Iran is unequivacably doing refinement operations that have NO possible use other than building a bomb. Do you figure they are making this up?
 
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You feel real comfortable w/ them have nukes, huh?

Nothing untoward? Are you reading the same news stories I am? The IAEA seems to have shown conclusively, even with the limited information they have been able to obtain, that Iran is unequivacably doing refinement operations that have NO possible use other than building a bomb. Do you figure they are making this up?
Please, show me those reports. Such IAEA documents are public. Show them to me.

Am I comfortable with Iran having nukes? No, not particularly. I wish no-one had nukes. I hate the idea of a nuclear-armed North Korea, of nuclear armed Pakistan (a terrorist-supporting islamic state on the brink of dissolution btw) etc etc.
 
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You feel real comfortable w/ them have nukes, huh?
Personally, I am not comfortable with any state having 'nukes' ...but it seems hypocritical of any state that has a supply of nuclear weapons to tell another they cannot, if that is Irans ultimate purpose.

Nothing more annoying and likely to set off tempers than saying do as I say, don't do as I do.
 

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