KEPCO chief tenders resignation
Faked safety certificates scandal threatens public support
The probe into faked security certificates for parts at two South Korean nuclear reactors has been extended to all of the country’s nuclear plants by the country’s regulatory body. Reuters has reported that, in the wake of the scandal, Korea Electric Power Corp CEO Kim Joong-kyum has tendered his resignation.
The scandal covers over 7,000 parts used in two reactors between 2003 and this year, with 60 false safety certificates submitted by eight different companies. The firms have, so far, not been named.
Warnings about power shortages in the country – which relies heavily on its nuclear industry to meet grid demand – have come thick and fast. Seven of South Korea’s reactors have now been closed, and investigations are now ongoing to ensure the certification of parts in all facilities.
Reuters reports that support for the nuclear industry in the country remains strong, despite the Fukushima incident in Japan and a number of recent incidents involving site shut-downs.
South Korea is supplying the plant design for the UAE’s Barakah development, which is being built in stages that will see first power in 2017.