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Korea Hydro & Nuclear gains European approval for nuclear reactor

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Staff Writer | October 9, 2017
Korea Hydro & Nuclear
Nuclear energy   The European Utility Requirements

South Korea's state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) said that modifications to its APR 1400 reactor design were approved by European utilities, allowing KHNP to expand its export markets.

The European Utility Requirements (EUR), a technical advisory group for European utilities on nuclear power plants, approved the changes in the APR 1400 reactor, KHNP said in a statement.

The changes modify how the APR 1400 cools itself in the case of an emergency.

Gaining the EUR approval will allow KHNP to build the European compliant model in countries that require EUR certification

South Korea, the world's fifth-biggest user of nuclear power, has been eager to sell its nuclear reactors abroad since its state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) won a deal to build four nuclear reactors in the United Arab Emirates in 2012.

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