Kazakhstan is working on conversion of IVG research reactor

With support of the U.S. GTRI program, Kazakhstan is working on conversion of the IVG.1M research reactors at the National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Kurchatov. According to IPFM information, LEU fuel for the reactor, manufactured by Luch enterprise in Russia, has been delivered to the reactor site and is being prepared for tests in the reactor.

Kazakhstan is already converting its VVR-K reactor at Institute of Nuclear Physics, Almaty to LEU. Conversion of the IGR pulsed reactor in Kurchatov is being considered as well, but it is unclear if it would be possible to produce suitable LEU fuel.