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Pressure mounts to cancel $8.9bn nuclear power plant in Taiwan

Taiwan Longmen nuclear power plant protestors Taiwan Power

By Diarmaid Williams, International Digital Editor, Power Engineering International

Protestors in Taiwan have gathered momentum behind a move to stop an $8.9 billion nuclear power plant from commencing operation.

The Longmen plant has already missed a deadline to commence operations at the end of last year, the fifth such time the deadline had been missed by Taiwan Power.

The Taiwanese government is considering gas power as an alternative to nuclear, despite reservations due to the higher cost of gas.

Yang Feng-shuo, the director of energy studies at the Taiwan Institute for Economic Studies, told Bloomberg, “If construction of the No. 4 nuclear power plant is stopped, the feasible option to make up for the lost capacity will be natural gas-fired power plants. Coal projects have faced difficulties in passing environmental protect impact assessment.”

This article first appeared in Power Engineering International magazine. It was republished with permission.