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Al Tuwaitha nuclear research center


IRRT-5000 Reactor, Al TuwaithaThis is the main nuclear site in Iraq that was involved with handling nuclear material. It was started in 1967 when three main nuclear facilities and waste location were put in operation. These were the IRT 2000 research reactor, the radioisotope production building and the dumping station (waste store). Many other nuclear facilities were subsequently constructed at this site, and the IRT 2000 reactor was also upgraded to IRT 5000. This site was heavily destroyed during the Gulf war in 1991 and was further damaged in the war in 2003. - Aerial view

The 18 facilities and radwaste locations located on this site and included within the decommissioning project are as follows:

Radiochemistry Laboratory
IRT 5000 Reactor
Italian Radioisotope Production (Isotope Production No 2)
Russian Radioisotope Production (Isotope Production No 1)
Tamuz 2 Reactor
Radioactive Waste Treatment Station (RWTS)
Solid Waste Storage Silo (French)
RWTS Warehouse/ Waste Store
Contaminated ground and material surrounding RWTS Building
Russian Waste Storage Silos
Uranium Metal Production
Fuel Fabrication and U Purification (including Waste Pit)
Fuel Element Thermal Test Facility (Other Italian Complex)
Technology Hall (Uranium Tetrachloride Preparation and Purification Labs)
Po 210 Production
OUT-1 Burial/Concealment Location
Scrap yards and Burial Sites


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| Last update: Tuesday, 09 December, 2014.