Iran to build 2nd enrichment plant by March 2009

Iran will build another uranium processing plant by next March, a deputy head of the country's nuclear energy organization said on Wednesday.

Iran to build 2nd enrichment plant by March 2009
Russian RIA Novosti reported "Iran will build another uranium processing plant by next March, a deputy head of the country's nuclear energy organization said on Wednesday".

"A second plant will be launched in the city of Ardakan, Yazd Province," Hossein Fagihian from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said.

He said the plant will fully meet Iran's need for yellowcake, a uranium concentrate, which is an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic had started to install another 6,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges at its underground facility in Natanz.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has around 3,000 functional enrichment centrifuges at Natanz, which experts believe is enough to launch full-scale production of nuclear fuel.

Iran currently uses 'P-1' centrifuges that are prone to breakdown when working at high speed for long periods. The new centrifuges are believed to be of the advanced 'P-2' model, which is more reliable and can enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels.

The country's leaders previously said that they intended to install 50,000 centrifuges at Natanz to make the country independent of nuclear fuel imports.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany are due to meet later in April to discuss future steps in resolving the Iranian nuclear problem.
Last Mod: 09 Nisan 2008, 17:18
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