Last Updated: August 23, 2013
Other Name: Sagend; Sakhaid
Location: Northeast of Yazd province in central Iran desert, Kavir
Subordinate To: Ministry of Industry and Mines
Size: 3,294 tons of identified uranium reserves
Facility Status: Operational

The Saghand Uranium Mine extracts low-grade underground uranium ore, for processing in the associated Ardakan Yellowcake Production Plant. [1] Officials announced the mine had entered operation in April 2013. [2] Starting in 1989, Iran reportedly received assistance from China and Russia with both exploration and construction. [3] The maximum projected production output of the Saghand facility is 50 tons of uranium per year. [4] There are approximately 1400 tons of uranium reserves in the ore field. [5] Construction of the extraction infrastructure had nearly been completed in 2004 with production expected to begin in 2006. [6]

Sources:
[1] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 15 November 2004, www.iaea.org.
[2] "Yellowcake production plant at Ardakan to come on stream on Tuesday," IRNA, 8 April 2013, www3.yazd.irna.ir/en.
[3] David Albright, Jacqueline Shire, and Paul Brannan, "Is Iran Running out of Yellowcake?" Institute for Science and International Security, 11 February 2009, www.isis-online.org.
[4] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 15 November 2004, www.iaea.org.
[5] Franz J. Dahlkamp, Uranium Deposits of the World: Asia (Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2009), p. 177.
[6] David Albright, Jacqueline Shire, and Paul Brannan, "Is Iran Running out of Yellowcake?" Institute for Science and International Security, 11 February 2009, www.isis-online.org.

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