Fuel Fabrication Laboratory (FFL)

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: Isfahan (Esfahan)
Subordinate To: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)
Size: Laboratory scale
Facility Status: Operational

In 1985 Iran commissioned a Fuel Fabrication Laboratory (FFL) in cooperation with a French company, but did not declare the facility to the IAEA until 1993. [1] Between 1985 and 1993 Iran carried out undeclared fuel fabrication research at the laboratory and produced some fuel pellets using imported UF6. [2] Iran later irradiated these pellets at the Tehran Research Reactor and used them for plutonium separation experiments. [3] The IAEA reported in 2004 that the plant has a limited fuel pellet production capability. [4]

Sources:
[1] "Nuclear Sites, Esfahan," Institute for Science and International Security, www.isisnucleariran.org.
[2] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 10 November 2003, www.iaea.org.
[3] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 2 September 2005, www.iaea.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.

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