The Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant
(formerly Gongliao Nuclear Power Plant
and Fourth Nuclear Power Plant
, often abbreviated as: ; Taiwanese
; "Nuke 4"), located in Gongliao Township
, is Taiwan
's fourth nuclear power plant
, consisting of two ABWRs
each of 1,350 MWe
. As of 2007, Unit-1 was expected to come online in July 2009, with Unit-2 following in July 2010. It is operated by Taiwan Power Company
Construction of the plant began in 1997, but has been delayed by political controversy. In 2000, a decision to halt construction was a factor in the resignation of Premier Tang Fei
In March of 2009, Taiwan Power Co. had to delay the start of commercial operations at its Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant by additional two years to 2011 and ask the government for more funds, company spokeswoman Tu Yueh-Yuan said. The budget for the plant's two units was originally (), but now Taiwan Power wants to ask the government for about NT$40 billion more. The figures are not final, as the final new budget must be approved by the government.
Commercial operations at the Unit-1 are now planned to start in December 2011 instead of July 2009, while trial operations may start in late 2010. "The control and information system will be installed much later than we expected, which is the cause of the delay
", said Tu, adding the Unit-2 will likely start commercial operations one year after the first one.
After the Fukushima I nuclear accidents
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