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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reactor Repairs Stalled

KIEV -- Energy shortages have forced Ukraine to postpone repairs on the sole operational reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant by at least two weeks, officials said Tuesday.

Chernobyl's reactor No. 3 would operate until December 15 before energy authorities decide whether to stop it, a spokesman with state nuclear energy company Energoatom said.

Ukraine's Nuclear Regulation Administration earlier this month ordered the reactor be shut down Tuesday, warning that some safety equipment was reaching the end of its operational life and needed to be upgraded or replaced.

There have been frequent malfunctions at the reactor despite lengthy repairs between July 1997 and May 1998. Another Chernobyl reactor was destroyed in a 1986 explosion and fire, the world's worst nuclear accident.