South Korea retires oldest nuclear reactor on its 40th birthday

South Korea retires oldest nuclear reactor on its 40th birthday

South Korea’s oldest nuclear reactor, the 40-year-old Kori No. 1, will halt operations at midnight on Sunday, becoming the country’s first nuclear plant to close permanently amid plans for a shift towards natural gas and renewables.

South Korea is the world’s fifth-biggest consumer of nuclear energy, and one of few countries to export its technology, having won an order to build reactors in the United Arab Emirates.

But a scandal over forged certificates for spare parts in 2012 and the 2011 Fukushima meltdown in neighbouring Japan have undermined public support for nuclear power, while the new left-leaning government aims to speed up plans to move away from both coal and nuclear. Read More…

 

Credit By : Dna India

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