Reactors ready in Busan
A ceremony marks the completion of two new nuclear reactors, Shin Gori-1 and Shin Gori-2, in Gijang, Busan, yesterday. Although Shin Gori-1 started its commercial operation in February last year and Shin Gori-2 began operating this July, the ceremony was delayed until yesterday due to unresolved issues with the operator, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corporation.
The pressurized light-water reactors can generate 1 million kilowatts of electricity each, for a combined annual output of 15.8 billion kilowatts per hour.
This represents 3.3 percent of the energy consumed nationwide, or 77 percent of the power consumed in Busan, according to Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power. The reactors open seven years after the KNHP obtained approval for the project. By Song Bong-geun