Aug 13, 2013

    Air-cons off in South Korea power crunch

    SOUTH Korea ordered sweltering government offices to turn off their air conditioning as two power plants stopped operations yesterday, a day after a minister warned of an imminent national energy crisis.

    The timing could hardly be worse with South Korea in the grip of an extended heatwave and temperatures nudging 34 deg C.

    The heatwave is also smashing records in Japan, where the mercury levels hit 41 deg C.

    The coal-powered Dangjin III plant, with a capacity of 500MW, was taken offline by mechanical issues and will likely remain shut for a week.

    Technical problems affected the nearby Seocheon plant, which is only working at half its 200MW capacity.