(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The South Korean government decided on Monday to shut down two nuclear power plants in Yeonggwang on the southwest coast for the rest of the year after reactor parts with fabricated warranties were found to have entered the nation en masse, public broadcaster KBS reported.
Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-woo said in an emergency news conference that parts with fabricated warranties were found to have been supplied to five nuclear reactors in the nation, according to the report. "The operations of Yonggwang power plants five and six will be suspended from Monday until the end of the year," Hong was quoted as saying. The minister also said eight firms that distribute parts for nuclear reactors provided some 7,600 unverified parts to the Yonggwang plants and three others in South Korea from 2003 until recently.
Of the parts provided, some 5,200 were actually used on reactors, the minister said. South Korea currently operates 23 nuclear reactors, which supply 35 percent of the country's electricity.