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Samsung Electronics’ Memory Complex Halted due to a Minute-long Blackout
Recovery Expected to Take 2-3 Days
Samsung Electronics’ Memory Complex Halted due to a Minute-long Blackout
  • By Kim Eun-jin
  • January 2, 2020, 15:01
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A view of Samsung Electronics Hwaseong Plant

A minute-long power outage has halted Samsung Electronics' memory production plant in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.

On Dec. 31, some DRAM and NAND flash production lines at the Hwaseong complex were brought to a stop as power supply was cut off for about a minute. The company is currently in the process of restoring the production lines, with a full recovery expected to take two to three days.

The outage occurred when the Hwaseong substation transmission cable burst and power was cut off for one to two minutes in the Dongtan area. Once the operation of the semiconductor plant stops, it takes a long time to restart it, and it is not easy to rely on emergency power generation facilities.

Earlier in March last year, a power outage occurred at Samsung Electronics semiconductor plant in Pyeongtaek, causing 50 billion won (US$43 million) worth of damage. The damage this time is estimated to be between 30 billion won (US$25 million) and 40 billion won (US$34 million), less than that of last year.