Taiwan reactor shut down following discovery of cracked anchor bolts

The Taipei Times reported earlier today:

Taiwan Power Co (Taipower), the operator of the nation’s nuclear power plants, said yesterday it has finished replacing and repairing six anchor bolts after local media reported that seven anchor bolts of the first reactor at the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in Wanli District, New Taipei City, were found to be fractured or cracked during annual maintenance last month.

The seventh crack anchor bolt will take a little longer to repair:

Because the seventh anchor bolt interferes with other devices on site, it will be necessary to use alternative means to repair it, and its replacement has been scheduled for inclusion in the next major rehabilitation project, Taipower said.

Two additional issues were raised in the Times article, price and whether additional bolts should have been replaced:

The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) yesterday quoted a Taipower official named Lin Te-fu as saying GE charged US$3 million for the six newly replaced anchor bolts. The rehabilitation price was questioned by civil engineer Wang Wei-min, who said the bolts were massively over-priced, and that as the fractures resulted from metal fatigue, all 120 anchor bolts should have been replaced to ensure safe operation.

The damaged unit is a General Electric boiling water reactor.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/04/15/2003530389

 

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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