Heavy rain topples Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 power tower via Taiwan News

Torrential downpour causes collapse of Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 transmission tower

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwan’s Nuclear Power Plant No. 1’s second nuclear generator was down on Friday, after torrential rains and strong winds toppled the plant’s critical 345 KV transmission tower structure the night before, said Taipower Spokesperson Lin Te-fu (林德福).

The destruction of the critical power infrastructure halted the plant’s second generator power supply transmission, and the nuclear generator initiated an emergency shutdown sequence as part of its protection mechanism.

Other power generators at the plant are safely on standby mode, and unaffected by the heavy rains or sudden shutdown of the generator No.2, said Taipower.

Taipower is still investigating whether the transmission tower’s foundation was washed away by the heavy rain, as the rain loosened rocks and mud from the base of the tower.


Taipower is doing all that it can to fix the power tower, and get the affected Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 generator up and running.

The company was uncertain of when the power generator would be fully repaired and operating again.

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