Seventh nuclear facility halted in South Korea
SEOUL, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Power generation at a seventh nuclear facility was halted in South Korea on Wednesday, due to a technical glitch, the country's atomic operator said, boosting the chance of power blackouts this winter.
"The power generating turbine has stopped and we are looking into it to find what has caused the closure," a Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) spokesman said.
He added that the 1,000-megawatt Hanbit No.3 reactor, over 250 km southwest of Seoul, was working normally while its power-generating turbine was halted.
The closure comes less than a week after another nuclear power unit was shut due to a technical problem.
Seoul is striving to ensure stable power supply ahead of peak winter demand in January in the wake of cuts in nuclear power supply following a nuclear safety scandal.
Of South Korea's 23 nuclear power units, which provide about a third of the nation's electricity, seven are offline currently, including three shut since late May of this year because of control cables supplied with fake safety certificates, according to the KHNP spokesman.
A fourth is awaiting an extension of its license after its 30-year life span expired in November of last year; a fifth is shut for scheduled maintenance through end-December.
The schedule for the restart a sixth closed last Thursday is not yet clear, the KHNP spokesman added.
(Reporting by Meeyoung Cho; Editing by Joseph Radford)