No government action to stop construction of Taiwan’s fourth nuclear plant has been taken, despite a 9-6 vote in favour of ending construction by a review panel set up by the economics ministry. Premier Tang Fei has threatened to resign if the project is scrapped, but a decision by the Executive Yuan is not expected for some time.

Separately, Taipower has warned that northern Taiwan will face a serious electricity shortage if the plant is not completed, with a shortfall of 2550MWe – 15% of the region’s requirements – by 2007.