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Korea’s oldest nuclear reactor closed down after 40 years in operation



South Korea’s oldest nuclear reactor has been shut down permanently after four decades in operation.
The full dismantling of the reactor is expected to take at least 15 years.
Kim Hyo-sun reports.
After 40 years of non-stop operation,… Korea’s oldest nuclear reactor was powered down on Sunday.
The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corporation says it suspended the power supply of the Kori-1 reactor in the southeastern city of Busan,… as a first step toward its permanent shutdown.

Jun. 17, 2017
“Kori-1 turbine to stop operation. Three, two, one, stop ”

The reactor started commercial operations in 1978… with a lifespan of 30 years that was extended by a decade in 2007.
The government decided not to give it another extension… as part of President Moon Jae-in’s pledge to gradually close down all nuclear power plants in the country.
The full dismantling of the facilities is expected to take at least 15 years,… at an estimated cost of some 880 million U.S. dollars.
Korea still needs to acquire more than a dozen of the 58 dismantling technologies.

“We’ve yet to acquire 17 technologies. We have started our research… and we are close to achieving some of them.”

Korea needs to provide a plan for the highly radioactive spent fuel rods,… as there’s no treatment facility for nuclear waste in the country.
Officials also need to figure out how to utilize the restored reactor site.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

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