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Subject: CONST. OF URANIUM PLANT

Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence







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REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN

TO GULF WAR ILLNESS ISSUES OR THAT IS CLASSIFIED. A COPY OF

THIS REDACTED DOCUMENT, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS AVAILABLE ON

REQUEST.







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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