Jinshan reactor may be reactivated only if necessary and safe

  • Date: 2016-06-05
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

As  Taiwan  faces  possible  electricity  shortages  this  summer  and  next,  the  Taiwan  Power  Co.  (Taipower)  is  considering  reactivating  the  No.  1  reactor  at  the  First  Nuclear  Power  Plant—or  the  Jinshan  Nuclear  Power  Plant—but  only  if  it  is  safe  to  do  so,  Executive  Yuan  Spokesperson  Tung  Chen-yuan  said  today.

Building  a  nuclear-free  homeland  by  2025  is  a  social  consensus,  and  decommissioning  nuclear  power  plants  as  planned  is  an  established  policy.  Based  on  these  two  premises,  the  government  will  ensure  nuclear  safety  and  a  stable  power  supply.  The  existing  nuclear  power  plants  will  be  phased  out  by  2025,  but  they  will  not  be  decommissioned  ahead  of  schedule,  Tung  added.

Unusually  high  temperatures  caused  by  global  climate  change  have  driven  up  power  consumption  in  recent  summers,  Tung  noted.  The  reactivation  of  Jinshan’s  No.1  reactor  will  hinge  on  whether  it  is  safe  for  the  reactor  to  resume  operations  and  whether  the  legal  procedure  for  such  action  is  complete.  

“If  it  is  safe  to  restart  the  No.  1  reactor,  we  hope  to  complete  the  required  legal  procedure  as  soon  as  possible  and  resume  its  operations  only  when  necessary.”

The  Executive  Yuan  understands  the  public’s  desire  for  a  nuclear-free  homeland,  continued  the  spokesperson,  but  this  ultimate  goal  should  be  achieved  in  a  steady  manner,  especially  if  there  are  possibilities  of  electricity  shortages  and  power  rationing.

The  Executive  Yuan  has  asked  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs  and  Taipower  to  explain  the  safety  conditions  of  the  Jinshan  plant  in  writing  and  to  respond  to  concerns  from  anti-nuclear  groups  as  soon  as  possible.  The  Atomic  Energy  Council  was  also  asked  to  explain  to  the  public  last  year’s  safety  review  on  reactivation  of  the  Jinshan  reactor.