Taiwan to stop construction activities at fourth nuclear power plant

27 April 2014 (Last Updated April 27th, 2014 18:30)

The Government of Taiwan is set to stop the construction of its fourth nuclear power plant as local parties and anti-nuclear activists continue to oppose.

The Government of Taiwan is set to stop the construction of its fourth nuclear power plant as local parties and anti-nuclear activists continue to oppose.

Kuomintang party (KMT) spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi was quoted by Reuters as saying that the ruling Kuomintang Government had agreed to not to start operations on the first reactor following safety inspections.

At the same time, all the activities on reactor two will be sealed off immediately.

Fan Chiang said, "The cabinet also agreed to hold a national level meeting as soon as possible to ensure the future of energy supply."

The decision was made after several protesters gathered in Taipei demanding the government to give up nuclear energy.

The anti-nuclear activists were concerned about the safety of nuclear facilities in earthquake-prone regions of Taiwan following the Japanese Fukushima disaster.

"The anti-nuclear activists were concerned about the safety of nuclear facilities in earthquake-prone regions of Taiwan."

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou has denied opposition demands for an immediate referendum on continuing Taiwan's fourth nuclear plant.

The fourth plant, known as Longmen nuclear power plant, is located in northern New Taipei city. The plans for the fourth nuclear power plant were started in 1980, while its two reactor units have a planned power capacity of 2,700MW.

The Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs said that the nation's three present nuclear power plants may have to serve longer, if the fourth nuclear facility does not begin operations as scheduled.

The first nuclear plant in Taiwan is set to be decommissioned from 2018-19, while the second is set to close between 2021 and 2023.

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