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South Korea restarts nuclear reactor shut in June

Published on Jul 10, 2014 10:07 AM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - A South Korean nuclear reactor has restarted after a month-long closure due to a control rod problem, a spokesman at state-run atomic operator Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co said on Thursday.

The country's nuclear watchdog said in a statement on Wednesday that it had conducted thorough checks at the 950-MW Hanul No.1 reactor in Uljin county, over 300 kilometres southeast of Seoul, and that the facility was safe.

The restart comes at the peak time for electricity demand, with households and businesses cranking up air conditioners to avoid the summer heat.

The government said last month that power supply would be stable this summer thanks to new generating capacity and fewer closed nuclear power plants.

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