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S. Korea lowers nuclear power target, plans for new builds

South Korea adopted a lower nuclear power target in the country, but it is not ending plans to build new nuclear capacity over the next 20 years.

The new energy policy will cut nuclear’s share of electricity production in South Korea to 29 percent by 2035, down from a planned 41 percent by 2030, according to Reuters. The country still has plans to double its nuclear capacity, adding 11 reactors by 2024 and an additional five reactors with 1,400 MW of capacity between 2025 and 2035. The country currently has 23 reactors which generate more than 20,000 MW of electricity, with capacity expected to increase to 43,000 MW by 2035, the article said.

Critics of nuclear in South Korea want the country to curb its use of nuclear after a scandal erupted over forged safety certificates for parts used at some nuclear plants and the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the article said. The operating licenses for 14 units will expire by 2035, and there is no word on if the licenses will be extended or if the plants will be replaced.

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