Iran: 2nd nuclear plant in design stage

Islamic Republic's news agency reports that experts have chosen site for light-water nuclear reactor.

Iran Nuclear 224.88 (photo credit: AP [file])
Iran Nuclear 224.88
(photo credit: AP [file])
Iran has begun designing its second nuclear power plant, a 360-megawatt facility in southwestern Iran, the country's official news agency said Sunday. The IRNA news agency quoted Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as saying that experts had chosen the site where the light-water nuclear reactor will be built using local technology. Iran has yet to finish construction of its first nuclear power plant, a 1,000-megawatt reactor in the southern city of Bushehr being built with Russian help. It is to begin operating early next year. Iran has said for years that it was planning to build a 360-megawatt nuclear power plant in Darkhovin, in Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran.