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No chance of extending life of No. 1 nuclear power plant: premier

2011/09/20 21:29:26

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) The government is not considering extending the life of Taiwan's first nuclear plant beyond its scheduled decommissioning date in 2018, Premier Wu Den-yih said Tuesday.

The nuclear power plant, which began operations in 1978 in Shihmen, New Taipei City, will be decommissioned as scheduled, or even ahead of time, if Taiwan's fourth nuclear power facility in the city's Gongliao District can begin operations safely, Wu said during a legislative session.

"It will require the opinions of local and international experts to decide whether the fourth nuclear power plant can become operational without safety concerns," the premier said.

Wu's remarks came in response to a question by Legislator Wu Yu-sheng of the ruling Kuomintang.

The issue of the first nuclear power plant was raised in the wake of a nuclear crisis in Japan earlier this year that was caused by a magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami March 11.

The No. 1 nuclear power plant now supplies 4.7 percent of Taiwan's electricity.

Meanwhile, Wu said that the government will ensure that the country's power supply can meet the demands of its economic development.

(By Elaine Hou)
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