S’Korea to permanently shut down 2nd nuclear reactor

South Korea on Tuesday decided to permanently shut down another nuclear reactor as part of efforts to reduce dependence on nuclear power and increase sustainable energy sources, local media reported.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission approved an application to permanently close the Wolsong-1 reactor in Gyeongju, about 370 km South-East of the capital Seoul.

It followed the shutdown of the Kori-1 reactor in 2017.

The shutdown application was made by the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP), the country’s nuclear reactor operator, in February.

The Wolsong-1 reactor started commercial operation in 1983, and its 30-year operational license was extended for 10 more years to 2022.

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The early closure decision was made amid the falling operational rate and the growing maintenance costs for the decrepit reactor.

Under a long-term energy plan to lower dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power while…

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