March 14, 2005 21:57
South Korea will start supplying electricity to the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea on Wednesday. Electricity supply between South and North Korea has been cut off for 57 years since the North shut off electricity because the South failed to pay its bills in 1948. This is the first time since the division of the Korean Peninsula that the supply has been this way round.
Continuing work on the complex, a North-South cooperative project, has come under fire from the U.S. after Pyongyang on Feb. 10 declared it possesses nuclear weapons.
An official at the industrial complex said Monday preparations were complete so the South Korean power monopoly KEPCO can begin supplying electricity to the Kaesong industrial park on Wednesday. Once a safety check is done, three facilities including Shin Won Corporation will get their power from the South.
About 15,000 kilowatts of electricity will be supplied to the Kaesong industrial park, equal to electricity used by 5,000 households, the official said. KEPCO plans to charge companies in Kaesong industrial park the same industrial rate it charges factories in the South.
(Park Young-chul, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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