Nuclear Reactor Offline Again After Power Trip

The second reactor at the Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung county was shutdown as a safety precaution this morning after a water pump in the cooling system tripped.

The reactor came back online last month after undergoing annual maintenance. The reactor was taken offline in April and was originally expected to be restarted in May. However, accidental damage to a component led to a one month delay.

The reactor provides 2.7% of Taiwan’s national power supply of 36 million kilowatts. Power supply during summer months can be tight as people turn on air conditioners, however, Taipower says there is no fear of brownouts during the 2 days it is expected to take to restart the reactor.

Taipower said the reactor is in a safe shutdown state and there is no risk of radiation leakage.

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