Korean nuclear designs have incorporated lessons of Fukushima

Engineering News 28 March 2012.

South Korean nuclear power plant (NPP) design has incorporated the lessons of last year’s nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan. These include improvements to the design of the APR 1400 reactor as well as improvements in the equipment and layout of the NPP as a whole. (APR stands for advanced power reactor.)…

(Editorial comment: It will be interesting to see if any insurance companies will believe that nuclear power plants are now safe – I somehow think that they will want to wait and see – South Africa should also wait and see; there are many uncertainties in the nuclear industry: initial cost, building time, decommissioning cost, waste management safety and costs and reliability. In the face of such uncertainty there is no excuse for rushing in, especially as the costs of the renewable alternatives are falling.)