Oct 19, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on Ex-minister suggests activating mothballed nuke plant
Former Minister of Economic Affairs Chiang Pin-kung (???) said on Wednesday the best way to solve Taiwan's power shortage problem is to activate the mothballed fourth nuclear power plant while gradually phasing out the first two nuclear power plants.
Chiang made his suggestion as Taiwan came close to power rationing earlier in the day, when reserve capacity hit a low of 1.62 percent because of the hot weather and ongoing maintenance work on two reactors at the two plants.
The 84-year-old who had also served as Taiwan's top negotiator with China said that despite the difficulties the fourth nuclear power plant has faced, it was still essential to meet the nation's energy needs.
In terms of safety and waste disposal, the fourth plant is better designed than the existing three plants that are scheduled to be phased out by 2025 to meet the Democratic Progressive Party government's goal of making Taiwan a nuclear-free country, according to Chiang.
He pointed to China and Japan to make his point that nuclear power is needed right now because recyclable energy, including hydroelectric power is unable to meet the industrial and daily need of those countries.
Construction of the fourth nuclear power plant, located on Taiwan's northeast coast, was near completion when it was mothballed in July 2015, amidst a wave of anti-nuclear protests. At that point it had already cost Taiwan NT$283.8 billion (US$ 9.15 billion).