SOUTH KOREA

The Royal Commissioner has visited the Republic of Korea to meet with representatives of the utility provider (Korean Electric Power Company), the operator of nuclear power plants (Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power) and the regulator of nuclear activities (Nuclear Safety and Security Commission).

Through meeting with these organisations, the Commission has gained further insight into the Korean experience in meeting construction timelines and project costs during nuclear power plant construction projects, exporting nuclear technology and working with foreign nuclear regulators to enhance domestic safety and security regimes.

  • SUNDAY 30 AUGUST, 2015

    Meeting with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP)

    • Discussion concerning the Republic of Korea’s national and international power plant programs (including new builds), the economics of power generation in the Republic and proposed export programs.

     

  • MONDAY 31 AUGUST, 2015

    Meeting with Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE)

    • Discussion concerning the Republic of Korea’s national energy policy and the role of nuclear energy within that framework, its policy relating to the export of nuclear technology and the strategies in place to engage with the local community during new projects for building nuclear power plants and facilities for the storage and disposal of waste.

    Meeting with Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI)

    • Discussion concerning the development of System-integrated Modular Advanced Reactor (SMART) technology, the technical and regulatory measures required for safe operation and its potential deployment in the Republic of Korea and overseas.

     

  • TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER, 2015

    Meeting with Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC)

    • Meeting to discuss the regulatory functions of NSSC, the nature of its cooperative arrangements for sharing information with foreign regulators and the processes it has adopted to license new facilities, including new reactor technology and waste storage and disposal facilities.