Tehran will build its first “homegrown” research reactor, the country’s vice president says
Mohammad Eslami, chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), speaking at an event during the 16th ‘National Day of Nuclear Technology’ in the capital Tehran on April 9, 2022. © HO / Iranian Presidency / AFP
Iran will build a new domestically made nuclear research reactor near the city of Isfahan, the country’s vice president and head of the national Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami, said on Wednesday.
“We are planning to officially start construction on a research reactor at the Isfahan nuclear site in the coming weeks,” Eslami told reporters during a visit to the facility’s Uranium Conversion Facility (UFC).
Built in the 1980s, the Isfahan Nuclear Technology Center in central Iran is the country’s largest nuclear research facility. In addition to being home to the UFC, it reportedly houses several Chinese-made research reactors, a fuel production plant and other essential nuclear infrastructure.
According to Eslami, the “entirely domestic” construction project will help Iran eventually gain access to the full nuclear energy production chain, which the country needs since the few nations that do possess this are unwilling to cooperate with Tehran.