DHAKA: A reactor at one of South Korea’s largest nuclear plants shuts down on Wednesday, officials said, at a time of creeping public anxiety over safety in the country`s nuclear industry.
The reactor, one of six at the Yeonggwang complex in the southwest of the country, shut down at 2:44pm local time, a spokesman for the Korea Hydro and Power Co. said.
‘The cause of the stoppage is as yet unknown and investigations are underway. We don’t know when it will resume operations,’ the spokesman said, reports The Straits Times.
He stressed there was no sign of any radiation leak.
South Korea has 23 reactors which are meant to meet more than 30 percent of electricity needs.
But the sector is currently undergoing a crisis of confidence following a series of shutdowns and a scandal involving parts provided with fake safety certificates Wednesday’s incident brings to seven the total number of reactors currently offline.
BDST: 1440 HRS, AUG 21, 2013
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