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Taipower Plans to Reactivate Reactor 2 at NPP No. 3


 Taipower Plans to Reactivate Reactor 2 at NPP No. 3

Source: United Daily News

June 8, 2017

As summer temperatures soared, yesterday’s electricity consumption hit a record high for this year. The day before yesterday, the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) under the Cabinet had just approved the reactivation of Reactor 1 at Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) No. 2. Yesterday, Taipower submitted an application to the AEC to resume the operations of Reactor 2 at NPP No. 3. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the AEC would give its approval. Speculations abounded that the aforementioned moves ran counter to the Tsai administration’s policy for a nuclear-free homeland.

Chiou Syh-tsong (邱賜聰), vice chairman of the AEC, said that the nuclear-free homeland policy aimed to decommission NPP No. 1, 2, and 3 on schedule, adding that there remained nearly eight years before NPP No. 3 was scheduled for decommissioning in 2025. Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) stated that the government’s goal was for Taiwan to no longer depend on nuclear power by 2025, which remains unchanged. “We haven’t broken our pledge,” Lin concluded.

On May 3, during annual maintenance work on Reactor 2 at NPP No. 3, the control rod slid out of place and bumped its guide tube, which caused the interior iron sheet to cave in. Taipower said that the problem had been fixed on June 3, hoping that Reactor 2 at NPP No. 3 could operate in parallel with other reactors by mid-June.

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