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Bushehr
Progress at Reactor I


Ikonos satellite imagery, acquired 13 January 2002, showed continued progress toward completion of Iran's nuclear power reactor at Bushehr. These new images revealed for the first time the installation of cooling water pipes from the reactor area to the water intake structures. Completion of the water cooling system was a key milestone towards making the reactor operational once it had been fueled. There had been 12 attempts to collect Ikonos imagery of Bushehr between February 2000 and January 2003, 8 of which were cloud-free.


Ikonos Imagery of the Reactor Construction Site as of 13 January, 2002
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Comparison of the 2001, and 2002 Ikonos imagery provides change detection of excavation and ongoing installation of the turbine hall cooling lines


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Close examination of the turbine hall cooling lines
Ikonos Imagery collected of Bushehr as of 21 May 2002

As of May 21, 2002 there have been 8 ikonos images collected of Bushehr


Ikonos Imagery of the Reactor Construction Site as of 13 January, 2002
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March 2001 Ikonos Imagery of Bushehr Comparative Imagery of Bushehr January 2002 Ikonos Imagery of Bushehr

Overview of Bushehr as of March 2001


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New Ikonos imagery of Bushehr as of January 2002

The reactor construction site as it appeared in 2001


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The January 2002 Ikonos imagery reveals continued progress on both reactor units

In March of 2001, excavation for cooling water supply and return lines is visible


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New Ikonos imagery reveals cooling water supply and return lines being layed. An unidentifed structure under construction in 2001, appears to be nearing completion

A water spillway as of March 2001


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Work continues on the water spillway

Construction site support area as of March 2001


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Ikonos imagery taken in January 2002 reveals increased levels of activity in construction site support area

The heavy fabrication yard as of March 2001


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Ikonos imagery from January 2002 reveals increased activity levels in the heavy fabrication yard

An unassuming vacant area in March 2001


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Ikonos imagery from January 2002 reveals a significant increase in storage of raw materials for mixing concrete

A vacant storage yard in 2001


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As of January 2002, this area can be identified as a paved vehicle storage yard

Three Chinese-built guided missile patrol boats were visible on 01 March 2001


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Seven missile boats were visible on 13 January 2002



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