South Korea shuts nuclear reactors
Power shortages likely after "uncertified" parts used in two reactors
South Korea has had to close two of its nuclear reactors, with AFP reporting that a minister has warned of “unprecedented” power shortages likely to follow. Two reactor units have been shut down following a discovery that they had components installed that were not properly vetted.
Economy Minister Hong Suk-Woo is reported to have said that the components were “non-core”, and they did not pose a safety threat. They are also said to not be related to a number of recent system malfunctions earlier this year.
Two 1,000 MW reactors were last month closed following system malfunctions at two separate sites.
“It is inevitable that we will experience unprecedented power shortage during the coming winter with the two reactors shut,” the minister said.
CNN has reported that the parts in question were supplied with forged quality certificates.
South Korea is involved in a number of nuclear power programmes in the Middle East region - supplying the APR-1400 reactors for the UAE's Barakah site, as well as reportedly being involved in discussions with Saudi Arabia and Jordan concerning their pursuit of civil nuclear power.