Shutdown of Two More Reactors Makes Energy Shortage Likely

      May 29, 2013 10:57

      Two nuclear reactors in Korea were shut down on Tuesday after they were found to be using defective parts with counterfeit warranties, and a third will be shut down for maintenance work on June 8.

      The government said it now expects the nation will experience an energy shortage of around 2 million kW of electricity during peak usage in August as a result.

      With the shutdown, 10 of the nation's 23 reactors are now suspended due to malfunctions or the need for servicing. By August, there will be seven inactive reactors, raising the prospect of another blackout occurring akin to the one that blanketed parts of the country in darkness in September 2011.

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