World Nuclear News reported today:
The government of Taiwan has announced that unit 1 of the Lungmen nuclear power plant will be mothballed once pre-operational safety checks are completed. Construction of unit 2, meanwhile, will be suspended immediately. A referendum will be held later to decide the plant’s fate.
Both units at Lungmen were close to completion:
…a government spokesman announced that once safety checks are completed at Lungmen 1, the unit will be mothballed. Construction of unit 2 – already more than 90% complete – will be halted immediately.
The announcement of the delay was of particular interest to those of us in Texas, as the two units are Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs), the same design submitted with the application for two new units at the South Texas Project. There are only four operating ABWRS in the world, and they do not have an impressive operating history.
Here’s a link to the WNN story: http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Political-discord-places-Lungmen-on-hold-2804144.html