Fuel for the nuclear power plan in Iran has been manufactured quite some time ago and has been sitting at the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant waiting for political hurdles to clear. This hasn't been easy - the shipment was just delayed again. Still, the director of the plant is hopeful that if not this year, then sometime in 2006 the fuel will be shipped.

According to the director of the Novosibirks plant, the shipment will consist of 168 fuel assemblies of 312 fuel elements each, which contain 78.6 tonnes of uranium dioxide - enough for one reactor core load.