AEOI spokesman: Europeans new customers of Iran’s heavy water

FNA- Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi announced that new customers, other than the US and Russia, have voiced willingness to purchase the high-quality heavy water produced by Iranian scientists.

“We have made good progress in area of heavy water and we have sold 70 tons of heavy water in 7 months and given the capacity of our production, I think that we can present 20 tons of heavy water to the global markets annually,” Kamalvandi said in an interview with Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Monday.

Noting that Iran’s high-quality heavy water has serious customers, he said, “I think that we can sign new contracts other than what we sold to the US and Russia; and the new customers are mostly the Europeans.”

Kamalvandi said in October that the American scientists were surprised by the high purity level of Iran’s heavy water supply sold to the US after the nuclear deal and they hailed their Iranian counterparts.

“After testing Iran’s heavy water, the Americans congratulated us for its high purity level and at present, they are selling Iran’s heavy water at pharmaceutical and research markets,” Kamalvandi told FNA.

Asked about the price of the 32 tons of heavy water sold to the US, he said Iran has received $290 per kilo, adding that the Russians have also purchased Iran’s heavy water at the same price.

He said Iran could retail its heavy water at the market for much higher prices for each gram, but it didn’t. “We didn’t enter the retail market given the fact that it has its own complications and the costs of marketing and packaging are high.”

Iran has turned into an exporter of heavy water to foreign states.

Iran delivered 38 metric tons of heavy water to Russia in September.

Also, in July, the country exported 32 tons of heavy water to the US.

Head of the AEOI Ali Akbar Salehi announced in May that several European states have shown interest in purchasing heavy water supplies from Iran, adding that the modern heavy water reactor in Arak will be launched in five years.