SEOUL – The South Korean government announced on Friday it will resume the construction of two controversial nuclear reactors next week after a state commission opinion survey found around 60 percent of South Koreans to be in favor of it.
The construction of reactors 5 and 6 at the Kori plant, near the industrial city of Ulsan, is already 30 percent complete with an initial investment of 1.6 trillion won ($1.412 billion).
South Korean government spokesperson Park Soo-Hyun said in a statement that although the commission’s recommendation will affect the country’s energy policy plan, the government’s position on gradually reducing dependence on nuclear power will remain unchanged.
As part of his election campaign promise, South Korean President Moon Jae-in had suspended the construction of the two reactors in late June, and instituted the commission to gauge public opinion over atomic safety and the direction of the country’s energy policy.
One-third of South Korea’s electricity – which lacks domestic energy reserves and often experiences power outages during peak periods – comes from nuclear power.