An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, told state television that the operation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant was temporarily shut down on Saturday and would last “for three to four days.” due to the emergency.
Rahsanimehr, who did not provide information about the cause of the emergency, stated that electricity production will decrease by 1000 megawatts, which may lead to power cuts.
This is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant in the southern port city of Bushehr. It went online in 2011 with help from Russia. Iran is required to send spent fuel rods from the reactor back to Russia as a nuclear nonproliferation measure.
The plant, which sits near active fault lines and was built to withstand powerful quakes, has been periodically shaken by temblors. There have been no significant earthquakes reported in the area in recent days.
Rahsanimehr also noted that cryptocurrency miners consume almost half of the electricity consumed by Tehran City. And added, they confiscated more than 3,000 cryptocurrency farming devices last week.
Bushehr is fueled by uranium produced in Russia, not Iran, and is monitored by the United Nations‘ International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA acknowledged being aware of reports about the plant but declined to comment.