SEOUL Dec 20 South Korea's latest nuclear
reactor started commercial operations on Tuesday, bringing the
total number of reactors in Asia's fourth-largest economy to 25.
The 1,400-megawatt Shin Kori No.3, located near the city of
Busan, over 300 km (190 miles) southeast of Seoul, is designed
to run for 60 years, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP)
said in a statement.
South Korea's atomic sector generates about a third of the
country's power, but many locals are still spooked by the
Fukushima disaster in nearby Japan, as well as a scandal at home
a couple of years ago over fake safety certificates for nuclear
KNHP also said another reactor, Shin Kori No.4, would gain
operational approval in the first half of next year, before
beginning a test run.
Meanwhile, the Hanul No.5 nuclear reactor was shut on
Tuesday to check its water level after a small amount of cooling
water had leaked, said KHNP spokesman Kim Tae-seok. He added
that no radiation had leaked.
The shutdown of the 1,000-MW nuclear reactor brings the
total number of reactors offline to seven, according to KNHP's
(Reporting by Jane Chung; Editing by Joseph Radford)