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No plan to restart suspended nuclear reactors: minister

2017/03/09 21:04:00

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Taipei, March 9 (CNA) Despite tightening electricity supply, the government will not consider restarting two mothballed nuclear reactors unless all other alternatives are exhausted, Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said on Thursday.

Before reactivating the No. 1 reactor at Taiwan's first nuclear power plant and the No. 2 reactor at the second nuclear power plant, the government would first seek public support and secure the approval of the Legislature, he said.

Lee reiterated that the government's decision to decommission the country's three operating nuclear power plants as scheduled remains unchanged.

The No. 1 reactor at the first nuclear power plant in New Taipei's Shimen District has been shut down since December 2014 when a broken connecting bolt was discovered in a fuel bundle during annual maintenance checks.

Meanwhile, the No. 2 reactor at the second nuclear power plant in New Taipei's Wanli District, has been offline since May 2015 when it shut down unexpectedly.

The Legislative Yuan has instructed the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) to submit a safety report before the reactors can be reactivated.

According to the AEC, the No. 1 reactor at the first nuclear power plant is scheduled to be decommissioned in December 2018 and the No. 2 reactor in July 2019.

The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the second nuclear power plant are set to be decommissioned in December 2021 and March 2023, respectively.

The two reactors at the third nuclear power plant, located in Pingtung County, are scheduled to be decommissioned in July 2024 and May 2025, respectively.

(By Huang Ya-chuan and Y.F. Low)
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