Claims of nuclear plant costs rebutted

EXPENSIVE MOTHBALL:Hsu Kuo-yung said the Cabinet is evaluating whether to sell off the plant’s generator systems or to refit it as a fossil fuel power station

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 28, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Cabinet yesterday denied reports that taxpayers would have to foot a NT$283 billion (US$9.33

Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung addresses a news conference in Taipei on May 25. Photo: CNA

billion) bill to shutter the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, saying that the government is still evaluating how to deal with the mothballed plant.

Chinese-language media reports said that each household might have to pay NT$5,600 and every industrial user NT$7.58 million to compensate for the costs incurred in the construction and maintenance of the facility in Gongliao District (貢寮), New Taipei City.

According to the reports, Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) approved a proposal to require households and businesses to foot the bill as the government could not afford the expense given its push for the NT$882.49 billion Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.

Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) yesterday rejected the reports, saying that the Cabinet is still evaluating possibilities for the plant, such as selling the generator systems to foreign buyers or refitting the plant for other purposes.    [FULL  STORY]

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