S Korea to end nu­clear plant builds

The Scotsman - - World News - By MAR­GARET NEIGH­BOUR

South Korea, one of the world’s largest nu­clear elec­tric­ity pro­duc­ers, will scrap plans to build new nu­clear power plants.

Pres­i­dent Moon Jaein said South Korea will move away from the nu­clear en­ergy and will not seek to ex­tend the life of ex­ist­ing nu­clear plants.

Mr Moon’s speech was made at a cer­e­mony mark­ing the shut­down of the coun­try’s old­est nu­clear power plant, Kori 1, nearly 40 years af­ter it went on­line.

Last year a third of elec­tric­ity in South Korea was pro­duced from nu­clear power plants. Its nu­clear elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion was the world’s fifth-largest., ac­cord­ing to the World Nu­clear As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr Moon promised to cut coal and nu­clear power dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns. He also pledged to shut old coal power plants and stop build­ing new coal plants.

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