South Korea's new nuclear power reactor under construction will start commercial operation in December ahead of schedule.
It will be South Korea's 22nd nuclear power reactor.
Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. originally planned to dedicate the New Wolsong-1 nuclear reactor located near this historic city, about 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, starting in March next year.
"The test run of the nuclear reactor is coming to a close," a company official said. "It is expected to be complete by yearend, enabling the reactor to generate electricity from the end of this year."
Daewoo Engineering & Construction said it plans to get an imprimatur from the government to operate the reactor, which will have a capacity of 1 million kilowatts per hour.
Daewoo Engineering & Construction said it will also complete another nuclear reactor, the New Wolsong-2, by the end of next year, a month ahead of schedule.
Daewoo Engineering & Construction and the country's operator of nuclear reactors, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., said that the New Wolsong-1 reactor has quakeproof and other safety features.
The reactor will be safe even if an earthquake with the magnitude of 6.5 takes place right below it, they said.
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