Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant, situated in northern Taiwan’s Taipei County, is expected to start full operation at the end of 2011.

The news following a preliminary schedule announced by the state-run Taiwan Power Co, reports Taiwan News Online.

“The power plant has begun operating on a trial basis and if everything goes well, full operations are expected to begin at the end of 2011,” said deputy director of Taipower’s department of public services Huang Huei-yu, according to the report.

Taipower vice president Hsu Hwei-chiung said the trial phase will last for about a year, during which all the facilities will be tested.

The plant has more than 130 separate systems, all of which have to undergo testing.

Meanwhile, Taipower said it has asked the government to extend the deadline for decommissioning the first nuclear power plant – also located in Taipei County – to help the country achieve its carbon emissions reduction target, reports the paper.