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Safety commission OKs restart of Wolseong No.3 nuclear reactor

By Yonhap
  • Published : Jan 10, 2018 - 20:59
  • Updated : Jan 10, 2018 - 21:00
South Korea's nuclear commission on Wednesday approved the restarting of a reactor located in the southern part of the country, three months after suspension of operations.
  
The Wolseong-3 reactor located in Gyeongju, 370 kilometers south of Seoul, went offline on Oct. 18 due to a problem in the coolant pump, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said.
   
South Korea's nuclear commission (Yonhap)

One of the components malfunctioned, leading to a coolant leakage, the commission said, adding that it has fully addressed the fault.
  
"The commission confirmed that the radiation level around the nuclear facility has remained constant at a normal level," it said.
  
Currently, South Korea operates 24 nuclear reactors, which generate about 30 percent of its electricity. (Yonhap)