SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) — One nuclear reactor in South Korea halted operation Wednesday morning due to estimated slight glitches.
“The Reactor Unit 5 at the Hanul nuclear power plant stopped operation at around 4:17 a.m. as the automatic stop signal came on, ” an official at the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. said over phone Wednesday.
The reactor, located some 330 km southeast of Seoul in Uljin, stopped operation in July last year for the first time due to the slight technical glitches.
The official said that last year’s halt came from slight glitches, noting that the reactor’s air cooler, which serves to cool down steam from its turbine, failed to stay in a vacuum.
He said that the Hanul reactor remained stable currently, adding that investigation was under way to figure out the exact causes.
The reactor began its operation in July 2004, with a power generation capacity of 1 million kilowatts.
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