South Korea’s two newest nuclear reactors, Shin Kori 2 and Shin Wolsong 1, have been connected to the grid.
Shin Kori 2 started up in December 2011 and was connected to the grid in January, joining Shin Kori 1 which entered commercial operation in early 2011. Meanwhile, Shin Wolsong 1 started up and was connected to the grid in January. Its sister plant, Shin Wolsong 2, is expected to start up before the end of 2012.
The two units are both South Korean-designed OP-1000 pressurised water reactors and are due to enter commercial operation by the middle of 2012. The grid connection brings the total number of operating reactors in Korea to 23.