Taipei, Operators started lowering the power from the second reactor at the No. 2 nuclear power plant in New Taipei at 8 p.m. Friday ahead of the reactor being taken offline early Saturday for inspections, state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said.
As of around 10 p.m. Friday, the reactor was generating 273,500 kilowatts and running at just below 28 percent capacity, Taipower data showed.
The inspections are scheduled because the vibration calibration of one of the reactor's side bearings needs to be adjusted, Taipower said, though it noted the vibrations were still within an allowable range of operation.
The inspections are expected to be completed within a day and the reactor is scheduled to be back online generating power by Saturday evening, Taipower said.
The reactor, which went offline in May 2016 following a glitch in its electrical system during major maintenance work, resumed operations on March 27, but automatically shut down the next day after it developed another glitch.
Taipower submitted an application on April 9 to the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) to restart the reactor. After convening several review meetings and conducting an on-site inspection on June 4, the AEC approved the restarting of the reactor. It resumed power generation on June 8.
When operating at full capacity, the reactor generates about 985,000 kilowatts of power, or 2.7 percent of Taiwan's operating reserve margin -- the percentage of generating capacity available to the power grid that can be called upon within a short period of time.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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