By Lee Hyo-sik

The Korea Hydro amp Nuclear Power (KHNP) said Monday that its 23 nuclear reactors have generated a cumulative 3 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity since its first reactor Gori 1 began operating in 1978.

The state-run operator of nuclear power plants said the 3 trillion kilowatt-hours is equivalent to the quantity of electricity Korea needs for six years. A kilowatt-hour is a unit of energy equal to the energy provided by a thousand watts in one hour

The company said it would cost 445 trillion won ($405 billion) to produce the 3 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity through thermal power

“Nuclear power plants have played a crucial role in propelling Korea’s robust economic growth and lowering its energy imports,” KHNP CEO Cho Seok said. “We will do everything we can to operate nuclear reactors more safely and in an environmentally friendly way. ”

SOURCE: The Korea Times