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Start date for commercial operation of nuclear power plant postponed

2011/01/06 17:34:45

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) The date for the fourth nuclear power plantto begin commercial operations will be pushed back another year,mainly due to problems with the plant's instrumentation and controlsystem, the state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) saidThursday.

Work on the No. 1 generator at the plant is almost finished andit is being tested, the company said. The No.1 generator wasscheduled to begin commercial operations on Dec. 15, 2011, and theNo. 2 generator in December 2012.

However, Taipower Chairman Chen Kuei-ming said in a meeting ofthe Legislative Yuan's Economics Committee that the No. 1 generatorprobably will not begin commercial operations until late 2012 becausethere are still some problems with its instrumentation and controlsystem that have not yet been fixed.

This marks the fifth time that the date for commercial operationof the fourth nuclear power plant has been postponed.

According to Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang,Taipower's expenditure will increase by NT$400 million to NT$600million for every month that the opening of the plant is delayed.

Chen promised that his company will keep the expenditure from thelatest delay within NT$10 billion.

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Y.F. Low)