DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC POWER RISES 12 PERCENT IN SOUTH KOREA

DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC POWER RISES 12 PERCENT IN SOUTH KOREA

South Korea's electric power demand rose more than 12 percent in September

from the same month last year on increasing demand from the manufacturing sector, a Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy official said.

Consumption was 10,984 gigawatt hours in September, up 12.9 percent from 9,732 gigawatt hours in September 1992. The comparable consumption increase

from September 1991 to September 1992 was 7.7 percent.The official said the steady growth in domestic demand for electric power is also due to an increase in population, higher income and the construction of houses and factories.

Electricity demand in the first nine months of 1993 rose 10.3 percent to 94,211 gigawatt hours from 85,427 gigawatt hours over the same period in 1992, he said.

Hydroelectric power consumption increased 12.3 percent to 458 gigawatt hours in September from 408 gigawatt hours in September 1992, he said.

However, compared with August's hydroelectric power demand, it has dropped significantly. The consumption was 978 gigawatt hours in August due to heavy rainfall.

Nuclear power consumption remained steady at 4,631 gigawatt hours in September, compared with 4,633 gigawatt hours in the same month in 1992, the ministry official said.