Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Uranium Country Notes
Iran (Islamic Republic)
Exploratory work has been undertaken for more than 20 years and a number of prospects have been defined, mostly in the central province. However, no production has yet ensued.
Small uranium production centres are planned for construction at Ardakan in central Iran (to use Saghand ore) and Bandar Abbas on the southern coast (to use ore from Gachin).
At the beginning of 2005 RAR (in situ) amounted to 491 tonnes, with IR assessed as 1 436 tonnes, with an estimated 77-78% of both being recoverable at US$ 80-130/kgU. Undiscovered conventional resources (in situ) consisted of 4 050 tonnes in the PR category plus 4 500 tonnes of SR, both recoverable at less than US$ 130/kgU. An additional 6 000 tonnes of SR, with cost range unassigned, was also reported.