S. Korea’s oldest nuclear reactor to permanently shut down

Caption: Kori nuclear power plant

 

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power said it would permanently shut down its oldest operating nuclear reactor in the country.
 
The nearly 40-year-old, 587-MW Kori 1 nuclear unit will shut down after its operating license expires in June 2017, according to Reuters. A spokesperson with KHNP said in the article that the company decided not to seek a second license extension.
 
A government-led advisory panel recommended the closure of the reactor. The move was seen as a way to help build South Korea’s skills in decommissioning, the article said.  South Korea currently operates 23 nuclear reactors that generate about one-third of the country’s electricity needs.
 
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