Taiwan New Nuclear Plants Fail Tests, Old Unit Out of Spent Fuel Space

The fourth nuclear plant reactors in Taiwan have been found to have failed containment tests. This has created considerable controversy as the information had been withheld from the public. Officials at Taipower tried to explain away the problem claiming it could be fixed by adding additional sealing to the structures. The plants are currently in a suspended state awaiting a public referendum on use of the two new nuclear reactors.

This came soon after officials admitted the #1 reactor in Taiwan was out of spent fuel storage space. This has been a serious problem with Taiwan’s nuclear power program. The small country has no safe place to put spent fuel. 2982 assemblies reside in the spent fuel pool at the #1 reactor. There isn’t even enough space left to offload the entire reactor core into the pool. This may cause the #1 plant to be shut down within a year but would require storing some fuel in the reactor.

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