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Project 1001, Janzour

Prior to the release of the 28 May 2004 IAEA report, this facility was not previously associated with Libya's nuclear weapons program in the open literature. It is unclear whether the US intelligence community had associated this facility with Libya's nuclear ambitions prior to the year 2003, when Libya decided to abandon the weapons program.

Project 1001, the machine shop for centrifuge manufacture, was at Janzour. It was termed Site E by the IAEA.

According to Libyan authorities, all of the centrifuge components found in Libya were manufactured outside Libya, although Libya had imported equipment for a fairly large precision machine shop, now located at Janzour (Site E), to establish a domestic production capability.

In the early 1980s, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. [BHEL] executed a 2x120 MW power plant (worth US$ 115 million) in Janzour (around 25 kms from Tripoli). The Libyan government runs a detention centre near Janzour, approximately 30km from the capital, Tripoli. Janzour is one of the most beautiful cities on the shores of the Mediterranean. Just a few kilometers west of the capital Tripoli, Janzour is an elegant with it's long clean sandy sunny beaches and the palm trees along the coastal areas, makes it a beautiful resort town.






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