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Subject: CONST. OF URANIUM PLANT
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence
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AUG 90
CONSTRUCTED A URANIUM RECOVERY PLANT AT THE
AL QAIM (AKA AL KAIM) FERTILIZER COMPLEX IN WESTERN IRAQ
BETWEEN EARLY 1982 AND MID-1984,
WHICH BUILT THE
MAIN FERTILIZER COMPLEX.
PERMITTED THE BUILDING OF THE                  URANIUM RECOVERY PLANT
WHICH USES SOLVENT EXTRACTION TO RECOVER URANIUM AS U308 FROM
PHOSPHORIC ACID (THE BASIS FOR FERTILIZER PRODUCTION).
WAS ALREADY ON-SITE PRIOR TO 1982 CONSTRUCTING THE SULPHURIC
ACID PLANT.
2.                                         THE URANIUM
RECOVERY PLANT WAS                                   IN MID-1984
IN FULL OPERATION AT THAT TIME. THE AL QAIM FERTILIZER
FACILITY TYPICALLY PRODUCED 1,200 METRIC TONS (MT) OF PHOSPORIC
ACID PER DAY AS OF MID-1984.               DEPENDING UPON
THE URANIUM CONTENT OF THE PHOSPHATE ROCK USED IN THE PROCESS
TO PRODUCE THE PHOSPHORIC ACID, APPROXIMATELY 2.2 KILOGRAMS OF
"YELLOW CAKE" (THE EXTRACTED URANIUM - U308) CAN BE PRODUCED
FROM ONE MT OF PHOSPHORIC ACID.) AS OF           1984, YELLOW
CAKE WAS BEING SHIPPED FROM AL QAIM (DESTINATION UNKNOWN) AT
THE RATE OF ONE TRUCK PER MONTH CARRYING SEVERAL CUBIC METAL
CONTAINERS, EACH HOLDING ABOUT ONE CUBIC METER OF YELLOW CAKE.
3. ACCORDING TO THE                           THE URANIUM
(U308) RECOVERY PLANT WAS SITUATED APPROXIMATELY 300 METERS
SOUTH FROM THE PHOSPHORIC ACID PLANT AND APPROXIMATELY 500 TO
700 METERS EAST OF THE SULPHURIC ACID PLANT WITHIN THE AL QAIM
FERTILIZER COMPLEX                    THE NEXT STRUCTURE TO
THE SOUTH OF THE U308 PLANT (APPROXIMATELY 500 METERS) WAS THE
UNIT-100 PHOSPHATE ROCK FACILITY WHERE ROCK WAS UNLOADED FROM
TRAINS FOR PROCESSING. TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE U308 PLANT, AND
MORE OR LESS IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SITE, L AY A
SETTLEMENT POND AND GYPSUM DUMP (DISTANCE UNSPECIFIED).
URANIUM EXTRACTION PLANT AT AL QAIM
POWER FOR THE FACILITY CAME FROM
A MAIN SUB-STATION IN THE AL QAIM COMPLEX, CONNECTED TO THE KAD
DAM BY ONE 400 KILOVOLT POWER LINE, WITH AN INSTALLED CAPACITY
OF TWO 250 MEGAVOLT-AMP TRANSFORMERS PRODUCING 400 AND 132
KILOVOLTS AND PEAK LOAD OF 60 MEGAWATTS. 25 KILOMETERS
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST NEAR THE AL QAIM RAILWAY STATION WAS A NATIONAL
GRID POWER STATION CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING ALTERNATE POWER TO THE
FERTILIZER COMPLEX.
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