Taiwan halts nuclear expansion

Taiwan Power (Taipower), which operates the Asian island's three nuclear power plants and is building a fourth, has halted plans for additional reactors and will study its options after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi.
According to Bloomberg, Taipower has cancelled a tender to hire advisers on adding two more reactors to its No. 4 nuclear plant under construction, chief engineer Roger Lee said. The government also has frozen a review of the state-run utility's application to extend the license of its No. 1 plant, which has been operating for 33 years, Lee said.
"Taipower would rather take more time and spend more money so the public won't worry," Lee said. The company is studying how to strengthen the stations' ability to withstand earthquakes and tsunamis, he said, and may take measures, including grouting, anchoraging and putting up higher water gates to strengthen safety in its plants.
Taipower's three plants, like the stricken 40 year old Fukushima Daiichi station, are near the ocean. They provide about 20 per cent of the island's power and are as close as 5km from an active quake fault line, according to Lee.
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