Permission for two new nuclear power plants to be built in the town of Gijang, in South Korea has been granted by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The new plants, which will be built by the state-run Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co, are expected to be completed by 2010 and 2011, respectively.

The government did not say how much these projects, the 21st and 22nd such facilities in the country, would cost.

The two 1 GW pressurised light-water reactors, named Shin-Kori I and II, will be developed near Busan, the nation’s second largest city.