Graphite Sub-Critical Reactor (ENTC GSCR)

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: IR-0003
Location: Esfahan (Isfahan) Nuclear Technology Center (ENTC)
Subordinate To: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)
Size: Zero power
Facility Status: Operational

The Graphite Sub-Critical Reactor (GSCR) is a zero power light-water reactor (with graphite reflector) operating on uranium metal fuel. [1] China constructed the reactor in 1991, and it first became operational in 1992. The reactor is used for training and, according to the IAEA, operates for two hours a day, five days per week. [2]

Sources:
[1] "Nuclear Research Reactors in the World, Research Reactor Details - ENTC GSCR," International Atomic Energy Agency, www.iaea.org.
[2] "Nuclear Research Reactors in the World, Research Reactor Details - ENTC GSCR," International Atomic Energy Agency, www.iaea.org.

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