Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant
Active reactors ( gross ):
The nuclear power plant Lungmen is the fourth commercial in Taiwan. The plant covers about 480 hectares and is located in the district of the city Gongliao New Taipei City in the north- east of the island, directly on the coast. It is located about 20 miles from Keelung and 40 kilometers from Taipei. The power plant is located after numerous delays in construction. The commissioning of Unit 1 is for 2011, the planned Unit 2 in 2012. The cost should be at 5.5 billion U.S. dollars originally. It is expected ultimate cost in the range of 17 billion U.S. dollars.
The reactor is an advanced boiling water reactor ( ABWR ). It was developed by Tokyo Electric Power Company, General Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi. He has not been used outside of Japan. It is used in blocks 6 and 7 of the Kashiwazaki - Kariwa nuclear power plant, as well as in the Hamaoka nuclear power plant and nuclear power plant in Shika. He was ordered by General Electric as a general contractor, who forgave on to Toshiba, he was ultimately built at Ishikawajima - Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.. ( IHI ).
The story of Lungmen is unusually long. It all started in 1978 in response to the increasing demand for energy around the capital, Taipei. In April 1985, there was an initial opposition, which presented the necessity of another nuclear power plant in question. After the Chernobyl disaster, the funds for the construction was provisionally frozen. In 1996, the project was re-tendered. With the end of the Cold War, the ruling Kuomintang party of the opposition had to have more space and so there came in 2000 a change of government. The Cabinet of newly elected President Chen Shui -bian agreed on a settlement freeze ( one of his campaign promises), but did not last because of formal errors in court. On 15 June 2002, it was announced that welds made of unsuitable material were produced in the reactor foundation. 22 Official were punished due to lack of supervision.
Data of the reactor units
In the nuclear power plant Lungmen are two blocks in construction: