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Iran Starts Injecting Uranium into New Chain of IR-6 Centrifuges

2019-11-04 17:24:44
Iran has begun injecting uranium gas into the sixth generation of its homegrown centrifuges assembled in a new chain at the Natanz nuclear site.

In a ceremony at the Natanz enrichment site in central Iran on Monday, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi unveiled a chain of 30 IR-6 centrifuges and inaugurated the process of injecting uranium gas into the machines.
Salehi said the nuclear site includes a sector, called S8, where the new centrifuge machines undergo various tests, such as mechanical stabilization tests, before being installed in the main section.
According to the AEOI chief, the local experts have installed 15 new generation centrifuges at the research and development site over the past two months alone, increasing the uranium enrichment capacity by more than 2,660 SWU (Separative Work Unit).
Salehi noted that Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity has now reached 8,660 SWU, and the output of enriched uranium, which stood at around 450 grams per day before Iran’s third step in reducing the JCPOA commitments, has jumped 10 times, surpassing 5,000 grams a day.
The AEOI director added that the number of Iran’s IR-6 centrifuge has reached 60 with a total capacity of 600 SWU.