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Reactor problem at Third Nuclear Power Plant to be resolved

2017/07/23 23:04:14

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Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said Sunday that the cooling system failure at the Third Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung County will be resolved later in the night at the earliest.

Power supply at the nuclear power plant was interrupted at 1:10 a.m. Sunday after the cooling system of its second reactor developed problems with one of its cooling pumps, Taipower spokesman Lin Te-fu (林德福) said.

Lin assured the public that no radiation leaks were detected, adding that because the cable insulation in one of the cooling pumps had been installed too close to the ground wire, the plant managers decided to shut down the reactor as a safety precaution.

However, Taipower said it has taken measures to deal with the problem, including using thermal generators at its Dalin plant in Kaohsiung and putting several backup generators into operation.

According to Lin, a report on the incident will be filed with the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) on Monday, and that a decision to resume operations of the reactor will be made by the AEC in due course.

(By Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin)