Chemical Processing Plant (CPP)

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Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: Faisalabad, Punjab Province
Subordinate To: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Under Construction

In November 2006, the PAEC announced its intention to build the Pakistan Nuclear Power Fuel Complex (PNPFC), an indigenous nuclear fuel manufacturing facility under IAEA safeguards. [1] The complex is reportedly being built in Faisalabad, and the Chemical Processing Plant (CPP) is the first facility under construction. Construction is planned to be completed by 2012, and the CPP will convert U3O8 into UF6 gas, enriched UF6 into enriched UO2 powder, Zircon ore into Zr-4 ingots, and depleted UF6 into depleted uranium metal. [2]

Sources:
[1] "Nuclear Power in Pakistan," World Nuclear Association, February 2011, www.world-nuclear.org; Mark Hibbs and Shahid-ur-Rehman, "Pakistan civilian fuel cycle plan linked to NSG trade exception," Platts Nuclear Fuel, 27 August 2007.
[2] "Pakistan to develop nuclear fuel manufacturing capability," BBC Monitoring Asia, 21 February 2007; "Pakistan to set up 'nuclear power fuel complex' in east," BBC Monitoring Asia, 19 September 2007.

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