Also Known As: 

Natanz Centrifuge Facility
Natanz Enrichment Complex
Natanz Enrichment Facility
Natanz Enrichment Plant
Natanz Fuel Enrichment Facility
Natanz Nuclear Enrichment Plant
Natanz Uranium Enrichment Plant
Shahid Ahmadi Roshan Natanz Nuclear Center

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear


Near Natanz, about 40 kilometers southeast of Kashan and about 150 kilometers north of Isfahan, Iran

 Satellite image of Natanz on September 20, 2002 (Satellite imagery courtesy of Space Imaging Middle East)

A previously clandestine underground uranium enrichment facility revealed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in August 2002, and whose existence was acknowledged by Iran in February 2003; part of Iran’s gas centrifuge enrichment program; facility consists of a Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) and a commercial-scale Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP); construction on both facilities began in 2001; enrichment research and development activities were moved from Kalaye Electric Company to Natanz in 2003; first visited by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in February 2003; reportedly began using domestically mined, milled, and converted uranium as feedstock in November 2008.

Centrifuges based on an early European design, allegedly Urenco design information stolen by Pakistan in the 1970s and provided to Iran by the A.Q. Khan procurement network; facility currently operates IR-1 (P-1) centrifuges and has more advanced models installed; inverters used to drive these centrifuges operate at frequencies of approximately 1,000 Hz; the P-1 is allegedly based on the CNOR and SNOR centrifuge models; the CNOR model reportedly has a throughput of about 3 SWU/year; IR-1 throughput has achieved less than a third of this output.

Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP)

Centrifuge enrichment plant for the production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) enriched up to 5% U-235; first brought into operation in February 2007; had produced 11,767 kg of up to 5% U-235 through May 2014; divided into two cascade halls (Production Hall A and Production Hall B); reportedly, each cascade hall is approximately 160 meters by 170 meters; Production Hall A is designed to contain up to approximately 25,000 centrifuges in 144 cascades, divided among eight units; as of June 2014, one unit contained IR-2m centrifuges (1,008 machines), five units contain IR-1 centrifuges (15,420 machines), and the other two units do not contain any centrifuges.

Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP)

Research and development facility and pilot low enriched uranium (LEU) production facility; first brought into operation in October 2003; cascade hall accommodates six centrifuge cascades; cascades 1 and 6 (164 centrifuges each) designated for the production of UF6 enriched up to 20% U-235; production of 20% U-235 began in February 2010 and was suspended in January 2014, by which date 202 kg of this material had been produced; cascades 2, 3, 4, and 5 designated for research and development, and contain IR-1, IR-2m, IR-4, IR-5, and IR-6 centrifuges (as of May 2014); as of May 2014, cascade 2 contained one IR-1 centrifuge, 13 IR-4 centrifuges, one IR-5 centrifuge, and nine IR-6 centrifuges; cascade 3 contained 14 IR-1 centrifuges and ten IR-2m centrifuges; cascade 4 contained 164 IR-4 centrifuges; and cascade 5 contained 162 IR-2m centrifuges.

Entities reported to have been involved in construction and installation, and to have provided equipment include:

Bargh Azaraksh
Farayand Technique
Fars Resin Manufacturing Company
Fulmen Company
Fulmen Group
Kalaye Electric Company
Packman Co.
Saman Nasb Zayendeh Rood
Shahbforouz Lighting Industries
Shahrokhi Industrial Group
Test Tafsir
Tosee Silooha

Entities reported to have been involved in procurement for the site include:

Eyvaz Technic
Mohandesi Toseh Sokht Atomi Company, Ltd. (MATSA)
Neda Industrial Group

Personnel reported to have worked at the site include:

Abbas Rashidi
Dawood Agha-Jani
Ehsan Monajemi (construction project manager)
Houshang Nobari
Javad Karimi Sabet
Mohammed Fedai Ashiani
Seyed Jaber Safdari

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Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

July 14, 2014