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No timetable for fourth nuclear power plant fuel rods: MOEA
Central News Agency
2014-04-26 08:24 PM
Taipei, April 26 (CNA) The government has not set a timetable for installing fuel rods at the almost-completed fourth nuclear power plant, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a statement Saturday. The ministry issued the clarification after a TV pundit said that the plant will be fueled as soon as safety inspections of the facility have been completed in June. According to the ministry, if the inspections are completed by the end of June as scheduled, the state-run Taiwan Power Company will be required to submit a report detailing the inspection results to the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) by the end of September. Only if the report passes a review by the AEC will the company be allowed to apply to the council to fuel the plant. Although the company has predicted that Taiwan will face electricity shortages unless the plant's No. 1 reactor begins operations by the summer of 2016, the government, for the sake of safety, has not set a timetable in this regard, the ministry said. No matter if safety inspections on the plant are completed by the end of June, Taipower will publish the results of the inspection by that time, it added. (By Lin Meng-ju and Y.F. Low)
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