Stuxnet Shoots, It Scores!

Gee, sounds like the pump was continuously running well outside its design parameters while indicating normal operation on its control instrumentation, which is is exactly what Stuxnet was designed to do, run machinery beyond tolerance limits while spoofing the performance display readouts with fake data.

IAEA says Iran’s Bushehr delays were caused by pump

Iran was believed to have told the UN atomic watchdog that a broken pump had made it necessary to remove fuel from its first nuclear power reactor, independent experts familiar with the issue said on Monday.

The experts, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, said it was a potentially serious problem likely to cause more delays for the Russian-built Bushehr plant, which has yet to start injecting power into Iran’s national grid.

“I think what happened is that the pump failed but it didn’t just fail, it broke up, so that … there are pieces of metal that are now circulated throughout the primary cooling system,” one of them said.

See also:
Breakage in Iranian Reactor Forced Fuel Removal: Russia
Iranian reactor stalled by damaged pump
New setback at Iran’s Bushehr plant
Iran blames broken pump for atom fuel removal-experts
Russia says why Iranian nuclear plant was unloaded
In setback, Iran to unload fuel from nuclear plant
Iran Pulls Fuel From Bushehr Plant Just Before Power Project Scheduled to Go Online
Iran removing nuclear fuel from plant
Iran to unload nuclear fuel from Bushehr plant
Bushehr plant fuel delayed
Bushehr reactor to be emptied
Iran: Removal of fuel rods has nothing to do with Stuxnet

Of course it’s just speculation and no one will actually admit that the pump disintegration was cased by Stuxnet. However, a pump like this would normally give some manner of warning to the operators that the pump was malfunctioning, this one didn’t, it continued to run until it “broke up”. Coincidentally, Stuxnet was designed to cause precisely this type of damage, with no warning, to industrial equipment. Believe it or not.

/in any case, with tiny pieces of metal strewn throughout the reactor’s cooling system and possibly contaminating the nuclear fuel rods, this mess is going to take quite some time to clean up and then it just might happen again

Sanctions, What Sanctions?

Here we have yet another example as to how well sanctions work. They don’t.

Reactor started at Bushehr nuclear power plant

The reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant has begun operating, Vice-President and head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters on Saturday.

The reactor was completely loaded with fuel, and a few days ago it was sealed up. The water in the reactor “heart” is being gradually warmed. Then, final tests will be conducted, he said.

Salehi expressed the hope power from the Bushehr plant would come into the country’s energy system in one-two months. It will be a great holiday for the country, he noted. His words are cited by Iranian news agencies and television.

See also:
Iran says first nuclear plant begins operating
Iranian official: First nuclear power plant fueled up
Bushehr nuclear plant fuelled: Iran
Iran’s nuclear plant to go on line by late January
Iranian nuclear plant nears national electricity production
Iran says first nuclear plant begins operating
‘Fueling of Bushehr N-plant complete”
Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant to join national power grid in two months
Iranian Nuclear Plant is Powering Up
Iran’s First Nuclear Power Plant Now Operational
First Iranian NPP starts operating
Fuel loading completed at Bushehr
Iran’s first nuclear power plant goes online

Well, now that the Bushehr reactor is fully fueled and operating, it’s too late to bomb it.

/I guess we’re stuck with Iran being a nuclear power and we’ll just have to “absorb” it