Lungmen 1 passes pre-start up safety review, but will be shut for three years

31 July 2014

Lungmen 1 has met government safety checks, according to media reports from a Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs press conference.

It said that results of reviews of 126 systems at unit 1 would be passed to regulator the Atomic Energy Council in September.

The plant had been planned to start generation in 2015.

Taiwan Power Co has proposed a plan to keep the plant, which has nearly finished construction, in care and maintenance for three years until a public referendum is held; the costs for 2015 would be NT $1.3 billion, or US 43.3 million, according to news channel Focus Taiwan.

The two-unit ABWR-based plant has always been controversial, but public criticism of it has increased since Fukushima.

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