|Iran's nuclear plant connects to electric grid, the country says|
Iran's nuclear plant connects to electric grid, the country says
Iran says its Bushehr nuclear power plant is now online, making it the first Middle Eastern country to produce commercial electricity from atomic reactors.
The Bushehr plant joined the grid Saturday night with a capacity of 60 megawatts, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced. On its website, the agency said Bushehr "joined the national grid" Saturday night at 11:29 p.m. (2:59 p.m. ET)
The plant is expected to produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity when fully operational, about 2.5 percent of Iran's current electricity consumption, acording to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The state-run news agency IRNA said a ceremony to inaugurate the plant will be held September 12.