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Seventh nuclear reactor to shut down in S. Korea

South Korea’s nuclear regulator said it is shutting down a 950 MW nuclear reactor in the country, bringing the number of shut down reactors to seven, according to Reuters.

The Nuclear Safety & Security Commission decided last month to cease operations at the reactor in Yeonggwang County to perform welding quality tests in the steam generator, the article said. Officials did not give a time as to when the reactor is expected to return to service.

The reactor is the seventh in the country to be shut down out of 23 total reactors. Three others were shuttered after forged certificates for reactor parts were discovered. Two were closed for scheduled maintenance and one had reached the end of its life span. The completion of two new nuclear reactors have been delayed due to the fake document scandal, which led to the arrest of 100 individuals. The closures renew worries of power shortages in the country since nuclear power generates one-third of the country’s electricity, the article said.

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