Khuzestan (IP) - The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that the first phase of construction of the Karun nuclear power plant in the southwestern province of Khuzestan has been successfully completed.

Iran PressIran news: During a visit to the province on Friday, Mohammad Eslami said the construction of the Darkhovein Nuclear Power Plant was well underway some 12 years after Iranian authorities had initially decided to abandon the project because foreigners had reneged on their contractual obligations.

“We decided to do this project ourselves,” the nuclear chief said, adding that now the first phase of the nuclear power plant has been completed.

Before the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran had signed a $2 billion contract with a French company to build a nuclear power plant at Darkhovein. However, the French withdrew from the project after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

They did not fulfill their obligations due to the sanctions and abandoned the project, Eslami said.

The Darkhovein facility is a 300 MW domestically-designed pressurized water reactor (PWR) located about 70 kilometers south of Ahvaz at the Karun River.


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