Nuclear reactor shut down for inspection after sudden failureThe Hanwool-1 nuclear reactor in Uljin, North Gyeongsang, was temporarily shut down by the state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corporation (KHNP) at 12:50 p.m. yesterday due to the abrupt failure of a control rod in the reactor during normal operation. KHNP said in a statement that the reactor was stopped by the authority in order for it to conduct a close investigation.
“The reactor is currently in a healthy state,” it said. There are 48 control rods in the Hanwool-1 reactor. It was the fourth time this year that the reactor has been temporarily stopped. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said it will have no effect on the power reserves.