S.Korea KEPCO unit to build solar power on Dokdo

SEOUL, Aug 21 (Reuters) – A unit of Korea Electric Power Corp (015760.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) will build a 2.5 billion won ($2.38 million) solar power plant on Dokdo, a cluster of rocks in the East Sea at the centre of a diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan.

KEPCO unit Korea Plant Service & Engineering Co (KPS) will be in charge of building the facility, which will cement South Korea’s territorial rights over the islands, the Korea Electrical Contractors Association (KECA) said Thursday.

KECA is commissioned by the government to process licenses for the construction of electricity facilities.

The solar power plant, with a capacity of 50 kilowatts, will be set up by the end of November. The islands currently depend on a 1,300 kilowatt diesel-powered generator.

“We will not be using any parts made from Japan to build the plant,” a KECA spokesman said.

The lonely islets lie about halfway between the two countries’ mainlands. A long-running dispute over the islands erupted again recently after an official history guide for Japanese schools referred to them as Japanese territory, and any move to develop infrastructure on them could strain relations further. (Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner and Louise Heavens)

[REUTERS UK] | Original News @ HERE
Date : 2008/08/21

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