The official said that the temporary power outage started on Saturday and could last up to four days, possibly causing power outages.
Iran’s only nuclear power plant has been temporarily shut down for “technical overhaul,” Iranian state television said.
Rakhshanimehr, the official head of the State Electricity Company, said during his talk show that the closure of the Bushehr plant began on Saturday and would take “three or four days.”
He added that power outages could result. He did not provide further details, but this is the first time Iran has announced an emergency shutdown of the plant, located in the southern port city of Bushehr.
It went online in 2011 with the help of Russia. Iran is required to send reactor fuel rods to Russia as a means of non-proliferation.
In March, Mahmoud Af Afari, a nuclear official, said the plant could be shut down because Iran could not buy parts or equipment from Russia because of US banking sanctions imposed by the United States in 2018.
Bushehr gets its fuel from Russian-made uranium, not from Iran, which is controlled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The UN agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Abbas Aslani, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies in the Middle East in Tehran, told Al Jazeera that the shutdown could hit Iran’s electricity supply already. with intense cryptocurrency mining,
“This [shutdown] “It is more important from the point of view of power outages than from the point of view of the nuclear facility,” Aslani said.
“As we see these days that cryptocurrency mining is consuming electricity in the country, it has caused some power outages in the past.”
Construction in Bushehr, on the northern shore of the Persian Gulf, began under Iranian interests in the mid-1970s.
After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the plant was repeatedly targeted in the Iran-Iraq war. Russia later completed the construction of the facility.
The plant, located near the active fault lines, is built to withstand strong shocks and is regularly shaken by temperature. No significant earthquakes have been registered in the area in recent days.