IAEA inspectors today visited Iran’s Gachine uranium mine and milling facility near the port city of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf. The visit by the three-person IAEA team is part of the Geneva agreement. The IAEA inspectors visited the site in July 2004, but had been unable to inspect it since.
Gachine is an open pit mine. It consists of various levels of low-grade uranium ore in deposit near the surface, making it easier to mine than the deeper, hard-rock deposits at Saghand mine in Yazd province. Gachine can reportedly produce up to 20 tons of uranium annually.
File photo: IAEA HQ in Vienna