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Russia, Iran develop contract on reprofiling Fordow facility

27 May 2016 13:35 (UTC+04:00)
Russia, Iran develop contract on reprofiling Fordow facility

By Fatma Babayeva

Russia and Iran have made significant progress in agreeing a contract for pre-development research in reprofiling Iran's Fordow nuclear facility.

The statement was made by the Communication Department of Russia’s state atomic energy cooperation Rosatom to RIA Novosti on May 27.

Nikolay Spassky, Rosatom’s Deputy Director General on international activities held a series of consultations with Behrouz Kamalvandi, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and Mehdi Sanai, Iran's Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

The meetings thoroughly reviewed the progress of the project implementation under the overall plan of activities in Iranian nuclear program.

The parties expressed satisfaction with the progress achieved in finalizing the contract on pre-development in reprofiling Iran's Fordow facility for the production of heavy isotopes.

Fordow, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, is located 32 kilometers northeast of Qom city.

The Fordow site has two enrichment halls, Units 1 and 2. Each Unit is designed to hold 8 cascades of 174 centrifuges per cascade. Iran fully outfitted the facility in late 2012 – early 2013.

The Fordow plant along with Arak facility was to be restructured to less intensive research use, as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which was signed between Iran and world leader in April 2015.

According to this agreement, Iran agreed to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium enriched, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98%, reduce the number of its gas centrifuges by about two-thirds for 13 years and for the next 15 years, Iran will only enrich uranium up to 3.67%.

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Fatma Babayeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Fatma_Babayeva

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