Taiwan Government ‘to halt fourth nuclear plant build’

The Government of Taiwan reportedly said it would stop construction work at its fourth nuclear plant as local opposition continues to increase. Reports claim the government agreed that after the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Government of Taiwan reportedly said it would stop construction work at its fourth nuclear plant as local opposition continues to increase.

Reports claim the government agreed that after the safety inspection process has been completed for reactor one, it wouldn’t go into operation but would be sealed off while construction on the second reactor would be halted immediately.

The decision comes as thousands of protestors were believed to have gathered in Taipei over the weekend, urging the Government to abandon nuclear energy.

Taiwan’s first nuclear plant is set to be decommissioned from 2018 while the second is set to close between 2021 and 2023. The nation currently relies on nuclear power for around 18% of its energy needs.

Its three current nuclear power plants would have to run for longer if the fourth one does not start operations as planned, it has been claimed.