S. Korea regulators delay nuclear operating license decision

 S. Korea regulators delay nuclear operating license decision

South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said it has delayed a decision on the operating license of a new nuclear power plant due to safety concerns.
The NSSC said it will hold another meeting on April 23 to make a decision on the 1,400-MW Shin Kori-3 reactor after it was shut down in December because of a nitrogen gas leak that killed three employees, according to the Korea Herald.  The reactor is reportedly 99 percent complete and is ready to begin commercial operation in June.
The Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates that it would start operations of Shin Kori-3, an APR-1400 reactor, by September in order to prove that it is fully operational, the article said. KEPCO exported the APR 1400 to UAE for use in its nuclear power plant in 2009. KEPCO faces fines if there are delays at the Shin Kori project.

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