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Safety commission OKs restart of Korean Hanbit 5 nuclear reactor

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South Korea's nuclear commission on Wednesday approved the restart of a reactor along the southwest coast that was shut down in February for maintenance.

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The 1,000-megawatt Hanbit No. 5 reactor at the nuclear power plant in Yeonggwang, about 350 kilometers southwest of Seoul, stopped operations on Feb. 18, for routine inspections.

"After inspecting 87 categories, we have confirmed there is no problem related to safety," the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said.

Hanbit 5 reactor is set to operate at full capacity by Sunday if no problems are found in further tests conducted by the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, the operator of the country's nuclear power plants.

South Korea currently operates 23 nuclear reactors that generate about 30 percent of its overall electricity supply.

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