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Nuclear reactor back online after brief shutdown


A nuclear reactor at Taiwan’s second nuclear power plant has returned to service after it was briefly shut down as a safety precaution.


The state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) says it took the reactor offline Tuesday evening after one of its connectors was found to be excessively hot. The shutdown allowed for a maintenance check of the connectors.


The reactor had returned to operation on June 8, following a glitch in March that caused an automatic shutdown.


As of 10:00am local time on Wednesday, the reactor was operating at 24% capacity. It is expected to return to full capacity at the end of the month at the earliest.