|Last Updated:||January 1, 2011|
|Other Name:||Darkhouin; Ahvaz; Esteghlal; and Karun|
|Location:||South of Ahvaz, on the Karun River|
|Subordinate To:||Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)|
|Facility Status:||In the planning stages|
Historically, Darkhovin has been the proposed location for several reactor projects. Currently Iran is planning to construct a 360MW power generating reactor there. 
French companies, contracted by Iran in 1973 to construct two 950MW pressurized water reactors (PWRs) at Darkhovin, cancelled the deal following the 1979 Iranian revolution.  In 1993, Iran contracted with China to construct two 300MW Qinshan reactors under a project named Esteghlal ("Independence") at that location.  China cancelled construction of the reactors in 1995, possibly as a result of U.S. pressure to end nuclear cooperation with Iran.
In August 2008, Iran announced that plans to construct a 360MW light-water reactor at Darkhovin had entered the design stage.  Iran plans to build the reactor using the expertise it gained constructing the Arak IR-40 reactor, and to produce the required fuel domestically.  Despite repeated requests by the IAEA, Tehran has not submitted a design information questionnaire (DIQ) for the facility. 
 "Nuclear Energy in Iran," World Nuclear Association, www.world-nuclear.org.
 Tamra Orr, Iran and Nuclear Weapons (New York, NY: Rosen Publishing Group, 2010), p .27.
 Alireza Jafarzadeh, The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), p. 136.
 "Iran: 2nd Nuclear Power Plant in Design Stage," AP, 24 August 2008.
 "Iran Reports Receiving Nuclear Fuel from Russia," AP, 29 January 2008.
 "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 16 November 2009, www.iaea.org.