Radio Taiwan International
Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung says he hopes that a reactor at the Third Nuclear
Power Plant will be able to generate electricity at full capacity by Wednesday. Lee was speaking on Monday, one day after a cooling system failure prompted a shutdown of the reactor in the early hours of the morning.
Lee said Taiwan’s state-run power company — Taipower — has already fixed the problem and ensured that there have been no radiation leaks. Taipower has also sent an application to the Atomic Energy Council asking for permission to restart the reactor.
The shutdown has occurred during a period of high temperatures in Taiwan, prompting concerns that the nation’s energy supply will be stretched to the limit. Lee says he hopes the reactor can be back up and running by Tuesday morning, and supply 500,000 KWs – or more than half capacity – by noon.