The Straits Times
Published on Dec 07, 2012

South Korea issues power shortage alert


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's state power distributor issued an energy alert on Friday as electricity reserves dropped on heavy consumption, fuelling concerns of winter shortages due to a nuclear power shortfall.

The temporary alert was automatically sounded by the Korea Power Exchange (KPX) when the reserves fell below 4.0 million kilowatts for more than 20 minutes.

Temperatures in South Korea have dropped to as low as -18.1 degrees Celsius in recent days, driving up electricity demand.

In early November, Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-Woo had warned of "unprecedented" power shortages during the winter period due to the suspended operation of several nuclear reactors.