Reactor shutdown likely to strain power supply this week
Jul 23, 2017CultureComments Off on Reactor shutdown likely to strain power supply this week
Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) says the nation's power supply will be strained this coming week. That's after a reactor at the No. 3 nuclear power plant in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, shut down in the early hours of Sunday morning due to a cooling system failure.
Taipower spokesperson Lin Te-fu said that the power supply at the nuclear plant was interrupted at 1:10 am on Sunday after the cooling system of the second reactor developed problems.
Plant managers decided to shut down the reactor as a safety precaution but assured the public that there was no risk of radiation leaks.
Lin said the affected generator at the plant has a full capacity of 950,000 kilowatts. He said that accounts for more than 2% of the nation's total energy consumption of 36 million kilowatts per day.
Officials say that the power supply will be strained when the nation heads back to work on Monday. Taipower estimates that the operating reserve margin will fall to 5%. The company issues an orange warning when the operating reserve margin falls below 6%. The company issues a red warning when the margin falls below 900,000 KW, and a black warning when it falls below 500,000 KW. A black alert usually means power rationing.
A red warning is expected this week, following the closure of the second reactor at the No. 3 nuclear power plant.
However, Taipower says it has taken measures to deal with the problem, including using thermal generators at its Dalin plant in Kaohsiung. It has also put several backup generators into operation.