, also known as urania, is a radioactive, crystalline powder that naturally occurs in the mineral uraninite, used in nuclear fuel rods in nuclear reactors.
Iran could also fabricate UO2
pellets for VVER fuel assemblies in advance of making assemblies and loading and irradiating the fuel in a power reactor, as the UO2
would be chemically stable after pelletization.
The plant produces both natural UO2
used to fuel Canada's Candu reactors, and UF6 that is shipped to enrichment facilities around the world.
plant was restarted in early October and UF6 plant operations resumed on October 24, 2004 with the plant producing the first UF6 as it ramps up towards normal production.
Similarly at Port Hope, the UF6 and UO2
plants were shut down in late June.
Cameco, with its head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the world's largest uranium supplier and the leading supplier of UO2
to Candu operators.
In April 2011, Iran launched its first UO2
production unit on the occasion of the country's 'National Day of Nuclear Technology'.
Tenders are invited for Design, fabrication, inspection, testing, supply, erection and commissioning of Flexible screw conveyor for transfer of UO2
Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali-Akbar Salehi, said Iran will run a production line of enriched UO2
(uranium dioxide) in three months.
virtual world will make UO2
the digital playground for the new
aACAo Beginning when the line for conversion of UF6 enriched up to 5% to UO2
is ready, Iran has decided to convert to oxide UF6 newly enriched up to 5% during the 6 month period, as provided in the operational schedule of the conversion plant declared to the IAEA.
The AEOI head expresssed satisfaction in the progress toward UO2
production at the facility.