Nuclear Sites

Darkhovin Nuclear Reactor

Iran announced in August 2008 that it had entered the design phase of planning for this facility, which will reportedly be a 360-megawatt reactor in the area of Darkhovin. Darkhovin is located on the Karun River south of Avhaz.

Plans for the Darkhovin reactor have existed in some form since 1979 when Iran contracted with French company Framatome for two reactors.  Little progress was made before the Iranian revolution in 1979, when the project was abandoned.  In 1992, Iran pursued a contract with China to revisit the project. Qinshan Nuclear Power Company and the Shanghai Nuclear Research and Design Institute agreed to build two 300 MW reactors.  China later suspended the project. 

Iran announced in 2008 that it “entered the design stage” of constructing a 360 MW power reactor at the site.1  According to current Iranian estimates, the Darkhovin plant will become operational in 2016.2  As of 2011, the IAEA reported that construction in scheduled to start in 2015.3  Iran claims it will produce the fuel domestically.4

Other names for this site include: Ahvaz, Darkhouin, Esteghlal, and Karun. 

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1 “Iran: 2nd Nuclear Power Plant in Design Stage,” The Associated Press, August 24, 2008.
2 “President invites intl. companies to participate in nuclear plant projects,” Tehran Times, January 31, 2008.
3 “Nuclear Power Reactor Details: Darkhovin,” International Atomic Energy Agency, June 14, 2011. 
4 “Iran Reports Receiving Nuclear Fuel From Russia,” The Associated Press, January 29, 2008.