Taiwan builds no more nuclear power plants but finishes of this one

Jun 09, 1998 02:00 AM

Apr. 9, 1998 Taiwan's energy minister said the government would complete work on the nation's 4th nuclear power plant and would build no more.
Opponents of nuclear power on the island quickly criticised the decision and said the government should halt construction of the huge power plant and phase out the other three in operation.
Economics Minister Wang Chih-kang told lawmakers in Taipei the 2,700 MW power plant would be the last his ministry would fund. "We have no plans to build new nuclear power plants, that is to say, there will be no 5th nuclear power plants in the future," Wang told.
The Taiwanese government has long hoped to build more nuclear power stations to meet rising demand for electricity. It has said nuclear power plants were the most efficient in terms of power generation and were not as dangerous as opponents have said.
But because of the growing opposition, it has stopped saying it would build more new nuclear power plants, but emphasised that the 4th must be completed.
Wang said his ministry had a budget of $ 4.8 bn for the power plant under construction in Taipei county. General Electric Co is supplying two light-water reactors and generators under a $ 1.8 bn contract.
Taiwan approved the budget for the power plant in 1994 after years of delays and protests sparked by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Local media said $ 514 million has already been spent on the project.

The state utility Taiwan Power Company generates an average of 21,900 MW of power, 23.5 % of it supplied by three existing nuclear power plants.
The utility says capacity must rise to 36,000 MW by 2002 if power production is to keep pace with Taiwan's economic growth.

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