AHN | GantDaily
Authorities in South Korea on Tuesday reported the shut down of two 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors at Yeonggwang on the southwest coast and Shingori on the southeast coast due to system malfunctions.
The state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power assured that none of the reactors pose any danger of radiation leak, adding that the incidents have no correlation.
Shingori reactor, the first reactor on the outskirts of Busan city, was shut down at 8:10 a.m. local time shortly after giving a warning signal. The reactor’s control rod malfunctioned, but rest everything was under control with no danger of a radiation leak, the reactor spokesman said. Shingori reactor had begun operations last February.
In the second incident at Yeonggwang plant, a water supply pump apparently malfunctioned, prompting an automatic shutdown of the reactor.
This is the second time in less than three months that a reactor went into automatic shutdown after a malfunction. In July, a nuclear power plant at Yeonggwang was shutdown automatically. South Korea has 23 nuclear power plants, which help the country meet 35% of its electricity demands.