Emergency equipment at nuclear power plant reinforced
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) Taiwan's Second Nuclear Power Plant has had its emergency measures reinforced with the addition of an emergency water supply system and separate power generators in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan last year, an official said Tuesday.
Liu Tseng-hsi, the power plant's general manager, said the NT$140 million (US$4.79 million) addition to the plant in Wanli, New Taipei, includes four 480-kilowatt generators and a large mobile generator that can produce 1,500 kilowatt hours of electricity per hour.
The new equipment also includes an emergency water supply system that can pump either seawater or water from water channel into the reactors.
Liu said that in cases of emergency, the water supply system will pump all available water into the reactors to make sure the fuel rods remain covered.
Besides the latest addition, Liu said, another NT$280 million equipment enhancement project, including a wall to prevent tsunami encroachment, is currently under evaluation.
Meanwhile, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu said he is highly in favor of a resolution passed at the Legislative Yuan's Economics Committee a day earlier to convert the country's uncompleted fourth nuclear power plant into a power plant using natural gas as fuel.
The resolution was proposed by Kuomintang lawmaker Ting Shou-chung, who said the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, still under construction in Gongliao, New Taipei, should be changed into a thermal power plant run on natural gas, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
(By Claudia Liu, Wang Hung-kuo and Jamie Wang)
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