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PostPosted: Jun 19, 2017 2:45 pm 
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South Korea's President Moon Says Plans to Exit Nuclear Power

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South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in said on Monday the country will halt plans to build new nuclear power plants and will not extend the lifespan of existing plants, in a bid to phase out nuclear power. Moon campaigned on a program of cutting South Korea's traditional reliance on coal and nuclear for the bulk of its power, but has not previously commented on the commitment to end nuclear power since being elected in early May. "We will end the nuclear-oriented power generation plan and pave the way for a nuclear-free era," Moon said at an event marking the closure of the Kori No.1 nuclear reactor in Busan, some 300 kms (186 miles) southeast of Seoul. "We will withdraw existing plans to build new nuclear power plants and not extend the lifespan of nuclear power plants." South Korea's oldest nuclear reactor Kori No.1 was permanently shut down at midnight on Sunday after reaching the end of its 40-year-lifespan, the first South Korean nuclear power plants to be closed permanently. South Korea has 25 nuclear reactors, supplying about a third of the country's total electricity. During his campaign, Moon vowed to review plans to add new eight nuclear reactors, including the part-completed Shin Kori No.5 and Kori No.6.


This is really unfortunate but not surprising when electorates continue to reward anti-nuclear populists with political office.


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PostPosted: Jun 20, 2017 5:53 am 
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No more APR-1400 domestically then? What about builds in progress? Wonder what the chaebol kickbacks and loan guarantee situation will pan out during this current period of public hypersensitivity to corruption.

Does that include pulling out of UAE builds, or is that too far gone? Wonder how the UAE feels about this...


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PostPosted: Jun 20, 2017 9:09 am 
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Barakah 1 is essentially structurally finished - they are about to start loading fuel. The remaining reactors are not that far behind, apparently the project is about 85% complete in total.

I very much doubt they will pull out now.
What I think is going to happen is that the projects that have not started construction will be aborted and the remainder will be completed.


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PostPosted: Jun 20, 2017 4:34 pm 
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Very disappointing news. From the article:

"The new government plans to increase the use of renewables to 20 percent of the country's total power generation by 2030."

I am wondering whether this will be realistic. South Korea is a relatively small country, in terms of landmass, but it has a sizable population and a lot of heavy industry, which depends on abundant and cheap energy. Phasing out nuclear energy will simply mean more LNG imports and higher CO2 emissions.

"Moon has said he will support renewables and liquefied natural gas sectors in a bid to boost clean and safe energy." Equating LNG with clean and safe energy is quite a stretch.


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PostPosted: Jun 22, 2017 9:32 am 
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South Korea's president vows to end reliance on nuclear power

"End reliance?" These writers barb their words carefully. They're probably the same lot that wants us to "embrace renewables"....


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