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Taipower to produce nuclear safety report in May

2011/04/07 18:27:42

Taipei, April 7 (CNA) Taiwan's state-run power company willproduce a report in mid-May on the ability of the country's nuclearpower plants to resist a strong earthquake and tsunami, the company'schairman said Thursday.

"There is no problem for us to produce the anti-quake andanti-tsunami report by May 11, " Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) ChairmanEdward Chen said in response to a lawmaker's question at alegislative hearing.

The report will cover the three existing nuclear power plants, aswell as the fourth plant currently under construction.

Taipower will produce another, more detailed report once Japanreleases the results of its probe into the Fukushima nuclear powerplant crisis, which is expected in one year, Chen said.

Addressing concerns that Taiwan's nuclear power plants are builton seismic belts, Chen said the plants are designed in a way thatincreases their ability to withstand earthquakes without excessivedamage.

Meanwhile, he denied local media reports that his company plansto deliver spent nuclear fuel to China, saying Taipower "absolutelydid not ask China" to do so.

The overseas transport of any used nuclear fuel will requirenegotiation with the United States, he added. "No such thing ishappening right now."

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Alex Jiang)