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  • The One KEPCO Team
  • Top Priority on Safety
  • Nuclear Energy Training Programs

1. NPP Export Experience

The efforts made over three decades to develop Korea’s domestic nuclear power industry have laid the foundation for two international projects to date. The first was the KEDO project in North Korea, while the second was KEPCO being awarded the project to build 4 NPP units in the United Arab Emirates in December 2009. Although the KEDO project was eventually abandoned due to political issues, the decade-long project offered KEPCO valuable experience in the process of seeing an NPP project. The project won by KEPCO to construct 4 Generation III APR1400 reactors in the United Arab Emirates made Korea only the world's fifth nation to export an NPP.

2. Continuous Construction

Korea and KEPCO have taken great strides over the past 33 years since the country's first NPP went operational to develop technology which allows the safe and reliable production and distribution of nuclear power. At the present time, KEPCO is operating 21 nuclear plants domestically. Seven more are under construction in Korea and four are being built overseas in the United Arab Emirates.

3. World’s Best Operational Performance

Korea's nuclear reactors have been rated at the top of key international performance indices. The annual average capacity factor of Korean reactors in 2010 was 90.7 percent, 9 percent higher than the global average. The unplanned capability loss factor of Korea’s reactors is also ranked world best at 0.3 from 2008-2010, far below the international average of 5.5 percent. Regarding collective radiation exposure to employees at Korean NPPs, the country’s performance stands at less than half the global average

4. The One KEPCO Team

'One KEPCO' represents the team which stands behind Korea’s nuclear reactors. One KEPCO team is made up of KEPCO–which acts as the primary contractor– and KEPCO’s 5 nuclear energy generation subsidiaries, as well as private sector representatives including Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Samsung Engineering, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Daelim, SK Engineering & Construction, Dong-A Construction, GS Engineering & Construction and Daewoo Engineering & Construction. Global players Westinghouse and Toshiba also play a key role in One KEPCO

5. Proven Nuclear Technology

KEPCO’s Generation III APR1400 reactor has a 60-year lifespan and offers significant upgrades terms of safety, performance, construction period, operation and of course, economics compared to its predecessor, the OPR1000. The APR1400’s advanced design features are based on self-reliant technologies as well as on the technologies of the System 80+, whose design was certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Korea developed the APR1400 to meet the Korean Utility Requirement Document (KURD) reflecting the Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) design requirements developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and other nuclear power related bodies. Concrete on the first two of Korea’s home-grown Generation III APR1400 reactors – Shin-Kori 3 & 4 – was poured in October 2008.

6. Top Priority on Safety

KEPCO has developed the APR1400, an enhanced Gen-Ⅲ reactor. This reactor’s design features comply with U.S. Advanced Light Water Reactor User Required Design as well as the EPRI URD. A severe accident mitigation system has also been applied to the reactor design, as has the fortified seismic design basis. Korea’s APR1400 reactor is in full compliance with Korean regulatory requirements, those of the U.S. NRC, and IAEA safety standards, as well. At present, four units of the APR1400 are under construction in Korea, 3 of which will begin commercial operation prior to the completion of our overseas projects. The Korean government and the Korean people have placed their full confidence in the safety of the APR1400 reactor.

7. Nuclear Energy Training Programs

KEPCO has taken active strides toward establishing programs and facilities which will help to satisfy the increasing demand for expertise in the nuclear sector. KEPCO and organizations in Korea affiliated with the nuclear industry provide a variety of educational programs for both domestic and international personnel. Such training is part of KEPCO’s drive to provide training in areas which cover the entire operation of an NPP from the pre-project stage through to construction, commissioning and operations and maintenance.

8. Full Support of the Korean Government

KEPCO is Korea’s largest public company with the government owning a 51-percent share. Exporting NPPs is a top government priority in Korea and the strong backing of the Korean government means that any KEPCO project has widespread suppor

9. Focus on Localization

KEPCO strongly believes that companies in the host country are crucial to the success of a NPP and encourages them to take part in the various stages of the project. With the hope that the host country will eventually become a self-reliant nuclear player, KEPCO’s localization strategy involves local companies in the technology accumulation stage, the manufacturing of equipment for the project, as well as the operation and maintenance of the plant.

10. The Power of Korea

Korea has made an impressive name for herself internationally through the country’s strong presence in the semiconductor, home appliance, automobile and mobile technology sectors. The rapid development of Korea’s industrial footprint is attributable to speed, innovation and a drive to become the best. Korea has evolved from being one of the world’s poorest nations roughly six decades ago to becoming the 15th largest economy on a nominal GDP basis. This rapid development was possible thanks to a stable power supply which shows Korea's enormous potential and the power of KEPCO who has played a pivotal role in Korea's economic development.