Journalists from Korean newspapers and television stations toured Plant Vogtle on Tuesday to learn more about nuclear construction in the U.S.
“Korea is planning to increase the rate of equipment for nuclear power plants from the current 25 percent to 59 percent by 2030,” the group said, in a joint statement. “For such purposes, Korea also plans to finalize the selection of the sites for the new nuclear power plants in late December.”
The reporters, representing outlets including Asia Today, Korea Herald and Asia Business Daily, were part of a 20-member delegation from the Korean Nuclear Energy Promotion Agency, said Mark Williams, a spokesman for Southern Nuclear.
The Burke County plant’s $14.8 billion expansion will add two new Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors to the site – representing the first new commercial reactors to be built in the U.S. in decades.
“We would like to hear the background for constructing Vogtle Units 3 and 4 and the future prospects of the construction of nuclear power plants in the U.S.,” the group’s statement said.
The Koreans are the latest international visitors to a nuclear construction site that has attracted worldwide attention.
Earlier this year, Plant Vogtle hosted a delegation from China, where four AP1000 reactors are under construction in two sites near Shanghai; and a group led by Bernard Bigot, chairman of France’s Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission.
France generates 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear sources – the highest percentage of any nation – and is second only to the U.S. in the number of commercial nuclear power reactors.
Plant Vogtle’s new units are scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017.