Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant

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Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant
Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant is located in South Korea
Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea
Official name 한빛원자력발전소
Country South Korea
Location Jeollanam-do
Coordinates 35°24′54″N 126°25′26″E / 35.41500°N 126.42389°E / 35.41500; 126.42389Coordinates: 35°24′54″N 126°25′26″E / 35.41500°N 126.42389°E / 35.41500; 126.42389
Status Operational
Commission date 1986
Operator(s) Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Power generation
Units operational 1 × 947 MW
1 × 953 MW
1 × 988 MW
1 × 994 MW
1 × 996 MW
1 × 997 MW
Nameplate capacity 5,875 MW
Website
http://yk.khnp.co.kr/

The Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant is a large nuclear power station in the Jeollanam-do province of South Korea. The facility runs at an installed capacity of 5,875 MW. The power station is currently ranked as the fifth largest nuclear power station in the world. The plant's name was changed from Yeonggwang NPP to Hanbit in 2013 at the request of local fishermen.[1]

All the units at Hanbit are of the Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) reactor type. Unit-1 and Unit-2 are 3-loop Westinghouse-designed plants; major components were sourced from foreign firms while auxiliary components and site construction were handled domestically. Unit-3 and Unit-4 are 2-loop Combustion Engineering (C-E) System 80 plants with major components and construction handled domestically under a technology transfer agreement. Unit-5 and Unit-6 are based on the Ulchin (now Hanul) Unit-3 OPR-1000 Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plant design.[2][3]

In November 2012 it was discovered that over 5,000 small components used in the five reactors had not been properly certified; eight suppliers had faked 60 warranties for the parts. Two reactors were shut down for component replacement, which is likely to cause power shortages in South Korea during the winter.[4]

Unit Type Net Capacity Construction start Operation start Notes
Hanbit-1 WH F 959 04 Jun 1981 25 Aug 1986 [5]
Hanbit-2 WH F 958 10 Dec 1981 10 Jun 1987 [6]
Hanbit-3 OPR-1000 998 23 Dec 1989 31 Mar 1995 [7]
Hanbit-4 OPR-1000 997 26 May 1990 01 Jan 1996 [8]
Hanbit-5 OPR-1000 993 29 Jun 1997 21 May 2002 [9]
Hanbit-6 OPR-1000 993 20 Nov 1997 24 Dec 2002 [10]

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  1. ^ "Korean nuclear plants renamed". World Nuclear News. World Nuclear Association (WNA). 21 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Nuclear power stations in South Korea IAEA.
  3. ^ "Yonggwang Nuclear Power Complex (영광 원자력발전소)". Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). 7 Jan 2014. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  4. ^ "South Korea shuts nuclear reactors, warns of power shortages". AFP (Times of India). 5 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hanbit-1". Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 7 Jan 2014. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hanbit-2". PRIS. IAEA. 7 Jan 2014. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hanbit-3". PRIS. IAEA. 7 Jan 2014. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  8. ^ "Hanbit-4". PRIS. IAEA. 7 Jan 2014. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hanbit-5". PRIS. IAEA. 7 Jan 2014. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  10. ^ "Hanbit-6". PRIS. IAEA. 7 Jan 2014. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014.