Friday, 12 October 2012

Nuclear reactor halts operation due to malfunction
2 Oct 2012

A nuclear reactor at South Korea's Gori Nuclear Power Plant stopped operation Tuesday due to what appeared to be a problem in the reactor's control system, plant operators said, adding there was no risk of radiation leakage. The Shingori 1 Reactor was shut down at 8:10 a.m, after a warning signal indicated a malfunction in the control rod, which is used to control the rate of fission of nuclear materials, according to the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. It is the first time that reactor, located 450 km southeast of Seoul, has been shut down due to a malfunction since it began commercial operation on Feb. 28, 2011. An investigation is currently underway to verify the exact cause of the problem, officials from the state-run operator of nuclear power plants said.