Taipower confident of Fourth Nuclear Power Plant’s structural safety


TAIPEI–The state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said Sunday it is confident about the structural safety of Taiwan’s controversial fourth nuclear power plant in New Taipei City, in response to a government consultant’s concern over the construction quality.

The U.S. contractor General Electric Co. (GE) that is working on the project has many years experience in the field, Taipower said, adding that it has confidence in GE’s professional competence.

GE has been working on the development of an advanced boiling water reactor since the 1990s, in cooperation with Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. of Japan, Taipower said in a statement.

It said GE has been asked to push Taipower’s downstream vendors harder to improve their efficiency and problem-solving skills.

Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council has given approval for a newly formed engineering organization to take over the design work on the project, which was done previously by Stone and Webster Engineering Corp. of Boston, the power company said.

Before Stone and Webster pulled out of the project in 2007, however, it had completed the safety designs for the balance of plant system, according to the statement.

Taipower said it is trying to resolve system interface and construction issues at the plant without changing the original safety designs.