Construction of units 5, 6 at Shin Kori NPP

07 November 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said he will respect the decision of a Citizens' Jury that construction of units 5 and 6 of the Shin Kori nuclear power plant should continue. In a statement he said construction of the project will resume soon, but that no more new plants will be built.

President Moon made an election pledge to phase out South Korea's use of nuclear energy. Following his election, he said plans for new power reactors will be cancelled and the operating periods of existing units will not be extended beyond their design life. Moon said he would reach a social consensus as soon as possible on whether the construction of Shin Kori 5 and 6 will proceed. In July, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) decided to suspend construction work on the two APR1400 units while a government-appointed committee debated the country's nuclear energy policy.

Following months of debate, the Citizens' Jury announced on 20 October that it recommended construction of the two units should be resumed. The panel - comprising 471 randomly-selected citizens - voted 59.5% in favour of construction proceeding.

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