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28 October 2021
- Tomasz koper
Cabinet members and ruling party parliamentarians say the Lungmen nuclear power plant project is not a viable green alternative to fossil fuels. The statements came during a question-and-answer session in the Taiwanese legislature on Thursday.
The project, commonly referred to as the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, began in 1999, but was suspended soon after. Although it has been briefly restarted on several occasions, it remains stuck today and groups have expressed concern about its age and general condition.
Lawmaker Su Chiao-hui said the power plant could not be considered green because Taiwan has no way to process used nuclear fuel. The project would also need ten more years of construction and investments of NT $ 80 billion (US $ 2.8 billion). This means that it cannot help achieve current environmental goals.
Vice Economy Minister Lin Chuan-neng, meanwhile, said the plant had failed to pass inspections by the Atomic Energy Council. He says his security systems are outdated and no longer manufactured.
Environment Minister Chang Tzi-chin said Taiwan should instead focus on carbon capture, use and storage to meet its carbon reduction targets.