South Korea’s Nuclear Safety Agency Approves Restart of Hanul 4 Reactor Following Maintenance

Seoul, South Korea - The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) announced on Friday that it has approved the resumption of operations for the Hanul 4 nuclear reactor on the eastern coast, following the completion of an inspection.

According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, the 1,000-megawatt pressurized water reactor is located in the eastern city of Uljin and began commercial power generation in 1996. It was taken offline last month due to a coolant pipeline leakage in its secondary circuit, which is responsible for electricity generation.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., the operator of the reactor, has replaced the faulty pipeline and carried out leakage tests. The company has also developed plans to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

The NSSC stated that additional safety evaluations will be conducted when the reactor returns to operational status.

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