Malfunction forces temporary shutdown of S. Korea nuclear reactor

Dec. 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM   |   0 comments

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- South Korea's Hanbit nuclear power plant closed one of its reactors Wednesday due to a problem in the generation turbine, but ruled out any radiation leak.

The Hanbit No. 3 reactor stopped generating power at 8:45 a.m. following the temporary shut down, Yonhap News reported, quoting officials at the state-run Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., the plant operator. The plant is in Yeonggwang, about 200 miles southwest of Seoul.

"Currently, only the turbine has stopped its operation and we are working to identify the exact problem," an official said, adding there was no threat to the safety of the plant. The Hanbit 3 reactor has a generation capacity of capacity of 1 million kilowatts.

There are a total of 23 nuclear reactors in the country, but some of them are undergoing routine or special maintenance.

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