January 18, 2011 10:46
The country's electricity consumption peaked at a fresh all-time high of 73.14 million kW on Monday when a cold snap gripped the entire country. This was the fourth time daily power consumption broke records this winter.
As a result, electricity reserves stood at 4.04 million kW with the reserve rate at 5.5 percent, very close to the emergency level of 4 million kW. If it drops below 4 million kW, some public facilities may get limited electricity supplies.
Power outages occurred in several places due to the cold and heavy snow. The Yeosu Industrial Complex where petrochemical plants such as GS Caltex and Hanwha Chemical are clustered was out of power for about half an hour in the afternoon.
A KEPCO staffer said there was "something wrong" with the electric cables linking the Yeosu Thermal Power Station with the substation in the industrial complex, probably because of sudden strong winds.
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