South Korea built its first reactor in 1978. Since then, the country has built four nuclear power stations with 20 reactors that account for 35% of its electricity. The country plans to up its number of reactors to 40 and derive 59% of its power from nuclear by 2030. After winning a $20-billion contract to supply nuclear reactors to the United Arab Emirates in 2009, South Korea also secured its position as a major nuclear exporter.
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