South Korea said this week it was suspending the operations of two nuclear power plants and extended the shutdown of a third to replace cables that were supplied using fake certificates, reports Reuters.
The nuclear shut downs may result in rolling blackouts this summer as Asia’s fourth-largest economy deals with what the government is saying could be could be “unprecedented” electricity shortages.
Last November South Korea’s nuclear power watchdog extended an investigation into forged safety certificates for thousands of reactor components in use at several of its nuclear facilities. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) announced then it would broaden an investigation into forged safety certificates for components in at least five nuclear power plants.
The previous case revealed that over 7,600 items were supplied with forged certificates over a ten year period between 2003 and 2012. Regulators became aware of the issue after an outside tip received in September2012 prompted an investigation.
“This is a separate case from the last investigation,” said Kim Kyun-seop, president & CEO of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd, which is owned by state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp.
The article highlighted the new case relates to forged documents on cables provided in 2008, but officials declined to identify who produced the components.
The two 1000 MW reactors are expected to be closed for approximately four months. Meanwhile President Park Geun-hye has pledged a thorough investigation.
Source: Penn Energy