Oft-tested routine for nuclear reactor VIPs
KORI, SOUTH Korea // Visitors to the construction site of Korea’s latest model in nuclear reactor technology are first treated to a video about its many safety advantages.
On a recent day at Kori, visitors representing some of the highest levels of the nuclear industry, from Japan to the Czech Republic, crowded towards the irresistible view.
South Korea has a well-rehearsed routine for international visitors to the world’s newest nuclear exporter, from photo ops to specialearphones for listening to engineers in the noisy interior of functioning plants nearby.
The first reactor is scheduled to come online next year, five years after the first spadefuls of earth were dug from this spot on Korea’s south-east coast. The second reactor is due to follow in 2014. Another four are planned at the same site.
“The construction schedule is going well,” said Lee Young-il, a vice president at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, the company hosting the visit.