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[cdn-nucl-l] TAIPOWER HAS NO SCHEDULE FOR RETIREMENT OF NUCLEAR PLANTS
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TAIPOWER HAS NO SCHEDULE FOR RETIREMENT OF NUCLEAR PLANTS
Story Filed: Monday, July 22, 2002 7:03 AM EST
TAIPEI, Jul 22, 2002 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- The Taiwan Power Co.
(Taipower) has not set a timetable for phasing out the island's three
nuclear power plants, a company spokesman said Monday.
Refuting a news report that operations of the first nuclear power plant
will be ended by 2004, the spokesman said that the Cabinet has not
decided on the issue, although it did instruct Taipower to map out a
nuclear power plant retirement plan.
The spokesman said, however, that the Cabinet projects that the first
nuclear power plant could be shut down by the end of 2011, the second by
the end of 2014, and the third by the end of 2017, which would be seven
years earlier than the original schedule.
The nuclear power plants were originally designed to operate for 40
years, according to the spokesman.
The first nuclear power plant on the northern coast began commercial
operations in 1978, the second on the northeastern coast became
operational in 1981, and third built on the southern tip of the island
started operations in 1984.
As of the end of last year, the installed capacity of the three nuclear
power plants totaled 5,144 megawatts, accounting for 17 per cent of the
overall installed capacity of Taipower's hydro-electric, thermal and
nuclear power plants.
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