Iran Starts Injection of Gas into New Generation of Centrifuge Machines
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Saturday started injection of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas to its newly-developed IR-5 centrifuge machines at Natanz nuclear facility in the Central province of Isfahan upon an order by President Hassan Rouhani.
During the ceremony held on the occasion of the National Nuclear Technology Day in Iran, 133 new nuclear achievements were unveiled, launched and put into operation.
The mechanical tests on the indigenized IR-9 centrifuge machines started on Saturday and a center to assemble a new generation of centrifuges was put into operation.
Also, the second phase of units for industrial production of Deuterium compounds at heavy water complex in Arak’s Khondab region was launched
Meantime, an Emergency Radiation and Burn Accidents Unit in Arak was put into operation upon an order by President Rouhani.
Also, the president unveiled three achievements at the National Center for Laser Science and Technology in Iran, including the design and production unit of discs and fibers.
Inauguration of the National Center for Isolation of Stable Isotopes and Development of their Application at the Martyr Massoud Ali Mohammadi enrichment facility in Fordow in Central Iran was another event of today’s ceremony.
Iran has introduced several new centrifuges, including IR4, IR6 and IR2M, according to Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi.
AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Tuesday that the country has started mechanical tests on its indigenized advanced IR-9 centrifuge machines.
“One of the progresses made in the field of enrichment is starting the mechanical tests on IR-9 centrifuge machines which is able to produce 50,000 SWUs,” Kamalvandi said.
He added that the IR-9 is one of the most important advanced centrifuge machines in Iran which has been manufactured based on new standard methods.
Kamalvandi also said that the AEOI plans to unveil 133 nuclear achievements on April 9 (the National Nuclear Technology Day), including 40 breakthroughs in area uranium enrichment.
Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-based International Organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi announced in February that the country’s nuclear experts had installed new centrifuges at Natanz and Fordow sites in Central Iran.
“Thanks to our diligent nuclear scientists, two cascades of 348 IR2m centrifuges with almost 4 times the capacity of IR1 are now running with UF6 successfully in Natanz. Installation of 2 cascades of IR6 centrifuges has also started in Fordow,” Qaribabadi wrote on his twitter page.
He added that more new centrifuges are due to be installed at the two nuclear facilities “soon”.
“The IAEA is yet able to verify and is informed of the progress as planned,” Qaribabadi said.
Also, Kamalvandi announced late in January that the country plans to install 1,000 new IR2M centrifuge machines at Natanz nuclear site in 3 months.
1,000 IR2M centrifuges will be installed at Natanz nuclear facility within three months, Kamalvandi told reporters on the sidelines of Parliament Speaker Qalibaf’s visit to Fordow plant.
He said that the AEOI is making great achievements in line with the guidelines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, stressing that Iran is enriching uranium using 100% indigenous technology.
"It’s not only the enrichment. We have achieved a lot in the field of radiopharmaceuticals, yellowcake production, and oxygen," the spokesman said.