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Viewing cable 09BAKU179, IRANIAN SOURCE NAMES "U.K.-REGISTERED" COMPANY AS

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09BAKU179 2009-03-06 12:12 2010-11-28 18:06 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Baku
P 061232Z MAR 09
FM AMEMBASSY BAKU
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0872
INFO IRAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PIORITY 
AMCONSUL ISTANBUL PRIORITY 012
CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
CIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC PRIORITY
DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
S E C R E T BAKU 000179 
 
 
NOFORN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 3/7/2019 
TAGS: ETTC ETRD ENRG UE UK TU AJ IR
SUBJECT: IRANIAN SOURCE NAMES "U.K.-REGISTERED" COMPANY AS 
IRAN SANCTIONS-BUSTER POSSIBLY SUPPORTING BUSHEIR PROJECT 
 
Classified By: POLECON COUNSELOR ROB GARVERICK, REASON 1.5 (B and D) 
 
1.  (S)  A well-connected Iranian businessman who owns a 
Baku-based oil services company told Baku Iran watcher that a 
company called "INSULTEC," owned by UK citizens of Indian 
origin, has secretly provided cladding, thermal insulation, 
and ancillary equipment to the government of Iran in a 
variety of shipments via Turkey and the U.A.E.  According to 
the Baku source, whose company operates in Russia, 
Kazakhstan, and the U.A.E. as well as Azerbaijan, the 
materials allegedly sent by INSULTEC in falsely labeled 
containers were of type that could be used in nuclear reactor 
construction.  Citing old Iran and Dubai based business 
friends allegedly familiar with the issue, the source said 
that INSULTEC has maintained a sanctions-evading relationship 
with Iranian government companies for some time.  Source said 
that the company was officially headquartered in the U.K., 
and has offices in Germany, the USA, and elsewhere, its 
manufacturing base and the bulk of its staff are in India. 
 
2.  (S) Perhaps more disturbingly, the source (who had just 
returned from ten days in Dubai) said that he had been 
informed by an Iranian friend who had collaborated in the 
activity that INSULTEC recently helped facilitate a shipment 
from the UAE to Iran consisting of twelve containers 
(possibly labeled "insulation") of unknown material that may 
not have actually originated with INSULTEC.  The source sai 
he was told by his friend that the shipment went by ship to 
Bandar Abbas and was trucked immediately to a final 
destination in Busheir.  The friend told source that another 
Iranian destination was falsely listed in the shipping 
documents, presumably to hide the actually intended 
destination of Busheir. 
 
3.  (S) The Baku businessman is a UK-educated engineer from a 
prominent Pre-Revolution Isfahan family, and formerly owned a 
large factory in Iran.  He is a former national fencing 
champion of Iran. former President of the Iran Fencing 
Association, and Vice-President of an Azerbaijan sports 
association.  He has been based in Baku for more than ten 
years, working primarily as a sub-contractor to BP and the 
Cape Industrial Services company.  While his oil services 
company includes an insulation division that may be in 
competition with INSULTEC, source has provided "inside" 
information on many other Iranian issues (including 
comprehensive data on the status of new Iranian oil refinery 
construction) that does not relate to his private interests 
in any way. 
 
4.  (S) Note: A quick google check revealed several companies 
with the name INSULTEC in the title - these may or not be 
affiliated.  Based on the information provided by source 
(currently in Iran, where he frequently travels), one 
possible candidate could be "INSULTEC Chitral Ltd."    End 
Note. 
 
 
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