By: Chiu Po-sheng and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, July 23 (CNA) A reactor at the No. 3 nuclear power plant in Pingtung County
was shut down Sunday morning due to a cooling system failure, which could strain Taiwan’s power supply this week, Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said.
The power supply at the nuclear plant was interrupted at 1:10 a.m. Sunday after the cooling system of the second reactor developed problems, Taipower spokesman Lin Te-fu (林德福) said.
The plant managers decided to shut down the reactor as a safety precaution but gave the assurance that there was no risk of radiation leaks, Lin said, adding that the cause of the cooling system problem had not yet been determined.
The affected generator at the plant has a full capacity of 950,000 kilowatts, accounting for more than 2 percent of the country’s total energy consumption of 36 million kilowatts per day, Lin said. [FULL STORY]