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4th nuke power plant could be turned into green power facility

2017/12/10 23:37:44

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) The mothballed Fourth Nuclear Power Plant could be turned into a green-power facility that includes wind turbines, solar panels and fire-powered generators, a spokesman for Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said Sunday.

Taipower spokesman Lin Te-fu (林德福) said the power-grid operator has an "initial draft plan" to make use of the mothballed facility but the final say lies with the Cabinet.

Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said the Cabinet does not have any position on the issue. "It's just a discussion going on in Taipower," Hsu said.

The issue arose when a li chief, Wu Sheng-fu (吳勝福) of Gongliao District, New Taipei where the plant is located, posted a message in his Facebook page saying that Taipower staff have been in close contact with local residents over a possibility of turning it into a fire power plant.

Any decision on how to use the mothballed facility must have an input from locals, who will make their views known in a plebiscite, Wu said.

The nuclear power plant was nearly completed before then Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) announced, on April 24, 2014, that construction would be halted and no fuel rods would be prepared for operating the plant.

The Jiang government decided to close down the facility until a national referendum is held to decide whether to activate it. A three-year budget on managing the mothballed facility will expire by the end of this year.

(By Tsai Yi-chu, Ku Chuan and S.C. Chang)