Against the background of the looming energy crisis in the world, the Korean concern Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), which is the operator of 21 South Korean nuclear power plants, has initiated proceedings to extend the operation of the Kori nuclear power plant Station Unit 2. Originally, the station was supposed to end its work from April next year. With the new government taking office, a number of service measures are envisaged in the country to extend the service life of stations already in service.
This nuclear power plant was commissioned in 1983. On April 4, 2022, KHNP submitted a report to the Republic of Korea Nuclear Safety Commission on safety issues related to the possible extension of the station’s service life. The commission examines the report, after which KHNP requests the necessary activities. If the project is approved by the commission as well as the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety, the nuclear power plant can be operated until 2033.
There are currently 24 operational nuclear power plants in South Korea, with 10 scheduled to be completed by 2030 or sooner. In December 2020, the local Department of Trade, Industry and Energy decided not to extend their lifespan. Apparently the decision will be reversed under the new government under the new circumstances.
Notably, the President of the Republic, Moon Jae-in, announced in late February that nuclear power will remain the country’s main energy source for the next 60 years.