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Spent fuel storage problem may cause power supply shortage: Taipower

Spent fuel storage problem may cause power supply shortage: Taipower

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Due to delays in the construction of the spent fuel dry storage facility for the island's second nuclear plant, Taiwan may face a percent power supply shortage as soon as November 2016, according to a spokesman of the Taiwan Power Company. The Atomic Energy Council under the Executive Yuan Friday approved Taipower's application for the construction of dry storage facilities for spent fuel from the second nuclear power plant in New Taipei City. The project calls for the construction of 27 units of protection casks within the nuclear power plant site. The Taipower spokesman said that since the water conservation measures of the construction project have not yet been approved by the Council of Agriculture, even though the project has passed the screening of the Atomic Energy Council, the company can only commission contractors to build the protection casks and is not allowed to work on the plant grounds. Given that the construction on the site will take at least two years, Taipower has estimated that the unresolved spent fuel problem could cause a drop in nuclear power generation, thus causing a power supply shortage of 3 percent.
He said that while seeking to speed up the construction of spent fuel dry storage facilities, Taipower is also planning to ship the spent fuel abroad for processing. (By M.J. Lin and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:43 GMT+08:00