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Taiwan nuclear reactor stopped after engine trouble

Taiwan nuclear reactor stopped after engine trouble

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A reactor at the first nuclear plant was closed down to allow the replacement of a problematic engine, reports said Friday.
Because the task takes at least two full days, the reactor won’t start operating again until July 2, according to a spokesman for the plant, which is operated by state-run Taiwan Power Corporation.
One of the engine units made excessive noise, leading a repair team to conduct tests. However, when the crew tried to perform repair work during off-peak hours late Thursday, no improvement was immediately registered.
When the problem still persisted until Friday morning, the company decided to stop the reactor altogether and ordered the engine, which handles part of the water supply process, to be taken away for further inspection.
The machine weighs more than 10 tons and will take at least two days for a thorough checkup and repairs, the plant spokesman said. The process should be completed by Monday night, when tests will show whether the engine and the reactor can be started up again Tuesday, the company said.
According to the plant management, there is no danger of radiation leaking out of the reactor, while the power supply will not be affected.
The latest incident follows concern over cracks in anchor bolts and other parts of a reactor at the second nuclear plant, which also stands on Taiwan’s northern coastline. Despite widespread concerns over the safety of the reactor, the government recently ordered it to be started up again.


Updated : 2021-06-21 18:58 GMT+08:00