South Korea to build nuclear reactors

South Korea plans to build 10 more power-generating nuclear reactors by 2011 to meet its growing electricity demand. A long-term plan, adopted by a government committee chaired by Prime Minister Lee Han-dong, calls for the country to build two reactors by next year, two more by 2006, two more by 2008 and four more by 2010 and 2011. If the plan goes smoothly, South Korea will have 24 nuclear power plants by 2011 and will be able to meet nearly 40 percent of its electricity needs with nuclear power. Some of the plants are already under construction, said officials at the Ministry of Science and Technology. All but two of the new reactors will have a generating capacity of 1 million kw each. The other two will have a 1.4 million kw capacity each.

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