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Nuclear reactor resumes operations under AEC approval via Focus Taiwan

Taipei, July 25 (CNA) The second reactor at Taiwan’s Third Nuclear Power Plant, which shut down on Sunday after developing a problem with its cooling system, resumed operations Tuesday morning after getting the green light from the Atomic Energy Council (AEC).

The 951-megawatt reactor was generating 369.2 MW of power around noon as it continued to build up to its maximum load, according to state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), which operates the country’s three nuclear power plants.

The AEC did not give Taipower the go-ahead to restart the reactor until late Monday after reviewing a second application to resume the reactor’s operations.


According to Taipower, a breakdown in one of the reactor coolant pumps shut down the system. It was later determined that one of the pumps’ power busbars was set too close to cable shielding wires, which caused an abnormal electrical discharge and tripped the system.

The reactor had been shut down in June for regular maintenance, but Taipower officials said the problem was not noticed at the time.

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