South Korea Chooses Nuclear For Its Energy Transformation


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Kori Nuclear Power Plant, South Korea.
Kori Nuclear Power Plant, South Korea. (AFP)

South Korea will expand the role of nuclear energy, President Yoon Suk Yeol told Parliament.

Mr Yoon, who took office on May 10, touted nuclear energy throughout his presidential campaign.

If the country kept former president Moon Jae-in's nuclear phase-out plans and decarbonisation policies, the cost of electricity could jump fivefold from current levels by 2050, Mr Yoon's office said in April.

South Korea, which gets more than 60 per cent of its electricity from coal and natural gas and another 30 per cent from nuclear, has pledged to reach climate neutrality by 2050. It has been struggling to boost the share of renewable sources, which account for less than 8 per cent of the mix.

Renewable energy will continue to be deployed but will be kept at a reasonable level.


Renewable energy will continue to be deployed but will be kept at a reasonable level, the government said.

Construction will resume on the Shin Hanul No. 3 and 4 reactors, which were scrapped under the Moon administration, and the government will allow older atomic units to seek to extend their lifetime, it said.

 

     

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