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Investigators look into Taipower procurement case

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Investigators look into Taipower procurement case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutors raided the Taiwan Power Corporation’s nuclear training center in Linkou, New Taipei City, Tuesday in an investigation into allegedly dubious procurement practices.
The New Taipei District Prosecutors Office was reportedly questioning 18 defendants and witnesses as it sent agents of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau to search the offices and 22 other locations in New Taipei, Taipei, Taoyuan, Kaohsiung and Tainan.
A manager-level official at the Linkou training center was accused of accepting bribes from businesses in return for providing information about contract tenders and for giving bids quick approval, reports said.
The official was accused of initiating requests for bribes disguised as “technical service fees” on contracts worth more than NT$500 million (US$15.9 million), media reports said.
The Linkou center focused on the training of staff in the technical maintenance of nuclear and other power plants, reports said.
Taipower is the state-run utility which in past years has come under fire for its high-profile advocacy of the fourth nuclear plant.