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New Generation of Centrifuges to Be Installed at Fordo

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TEHRAN, June 8 (ICANA) – Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi Davani has announced that Iran plans to install the first cascade of a new generation of centrifuges at the Fordo enrichment facility, located near Qom, in the near future.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 9:58:26 PM
New Generation of Centrifuges to Be Installed at Fordo

 “Currently we are working on the new generation of centrifuges, and the research work has been completed, and the first cascades of 164 centrifuges of this generation will be set up at both the Natanz and Fordo enrichment facilities soon,” Abbasi told reporters on Wednesday.

He also said that the AEOI plans to transfer the production of uranium enriched to a purity level of 20 percent from Natanz to the Fordo enrichment facility under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and to triple the production of 20 percent enriched uranium.

 “We will respond to the agency by stepping up our efforts in the area of nuclear expertise and technology. For example, we will transfer the 20 percent enrichment to the Fordo nuclear site under the supervision of the agency and will triple our production during the current year,” he said, referring to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s statement on Monday, in which he said that Iran seems to have carried out nuclear-related activities with possible military links until recently.

 “In fact, the Fordo nuclear site will be dedicated to the production of 20 percent enriched uranium,” he stated.

He went on to say that the 20 percent enrichment will not be halted at the Natanz enrichment facility until the Iranian experts make sure that the production of 20 percent enriched uranium has completely been transferred to Fordo and the level of production has increased threefold.

 

On the production of nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor, Abbasi said that it is more than likely that the production of nuclear fuel plates will begin by September.

Iran recently announced that it has begun the installation of the machinery needed for producing nuclear fuel plates to power the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.

The nuclear plant for converting enriched nuclear fuel into fuel rods was inaugurated in Isfahan in early spring 2009.

Iranian officials had previously said that the technology for producing nuclear fuel plates does not differ greatly from the technology for producing nuclear fuel rods.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the AEOI director said that the Bushehr nuclear power plant will be connected to the national grid when it reaches 50 percent of its capacity.

 “The Bushehr power plant is currently working on trial and things have gone successfully so far,” he added.

In May 2011, Iranian engineers, in cooperation with Russian experts, completed the last phase of reloading fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, and it was announced that the power plant would be connected to the national grid by July 9.

The power plant was first launched in August 2010 after engineers loaded 163 fuel rods into the reactor under the supervision of the IAEA. But in February 2011, Iran unloaded the fuel from the reactor due to a request by Russia based on concerns over safety.

The plant, which is located near the port of Bushehr on the coast of the Persian Gulf, will produce 1000 megawatts of electricity once it becomes fully operational.

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