Taipei, Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) gave the order on Wednesday to restart the second reactor at its No. 2 nuclear power plant in New Taipei, which is expected to be operating at full capacity by the end of the month.
A day after receiving official written approval from the Atomic Energy Council to restart the reactor that had been offline for over 600 days, Taipower conducted its last safety inspection Wednesday morning before giving the order, Taipower Chairman Yang Wei-fuu (???) said.
According to Yang, the process to get the reactor at the Wanli District plant up and running at full capacity will take nine days, with the first five days dedicated to reconnecting circuits and the next four days to boosting generating capacity.
A fully operational second reactor will give Taipower more flexibility in supplying power starting in April, he said, with Economic Affairs Minister Shen Jong-chin (???) adding that it would boost the operating reserve margin by 3 percent.
Yang said that as summer approaches, the state-owned utility will try to keep its operating reserve margin -- the percentage of total generating capacity available above peak demand conditions -- at 6 percent or more to accommodate an expected increase in electricity use.
The operating reserve margin fell below 2 percent at times last August, leaving Taiwan vulnerable to plant breakdowns and power shortages.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel