Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Nuclear Experts from Germany, UK, France, Japan Visiting Taiwan to Review Nuclear Facilities

The experts from the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) are inspecting Taiwan's nuclear power plants at the request from the Taipower, state-owned power generation company.

From Focus Taiwan (2/15/2012):

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) Four foreign nuclear energy experts are visiting Taiwan to review local nuclear power generation facilities but have not yet made any suggestions for improvement, state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said Wednesday.

"The experts arrived in Taipei Feb. 6 from Germany, Britain, France and Japan, respectively, and are scheduled to stay until Feb. 18," Taipower spokesman Lee Hung-chou told CNA.

As a member of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), Taipower is entitled to seek technical support mission from the London-based organization, Lee said.

Taipower can apply for up to four WANO support missions every year since it has four nuclear power plants, Lee said, adding that the company twice applied for such missions last year.

Taipower has conducted thorough safety checks and taken measures to reinforce safety at its nuclear plants following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan last year, and Lee said the experts were invited to review those new measures.

Over the past few days, he said, Taipower staff have taken the four experts to the country's three nuclear power plants in operation and the fourth one under construction.

According to a bilateral confidentiality agreement, Taipower cannot disclose any opinions or suggestions expressed by WANO specialists without the organization's prior consent, Lee said.

"As the experts are still in the process of inspection, they have not yet made any definite suggestions," Lee said, adding that Taipower will unveil the content of their final report only after obtaining the WANO's agreement.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Sofia Wu)

Here's a photo of Taipower's No. 3 Nuclear Power Station, right on the popular Nanwan beach where tourists can swim in the water with discharge from the nuke plant (as it appeared in the Age, 4/29/2008 in the article titled "Swimmers dive in to nuclear reactor cooling water", quoting Reuters):

It's really cute with windmills. Nice sand hills. Not a problem! say locals.

(H/T Enformable)


CaptD said...

This is so much Nuclear Baloney (NB)!

We are now are being ruled by those in Nuclear Denial*; instead of by Leaders that demand an end to the Trillion Dollar Eco-Disast­er RISK that Nuclear poses to mankind! The nuclear industry is fighting tooth and nail to maintain it's market share; yet NOW Solar (of all flavors) is far less costly to construct, faster to construct and carries with it N☢ Nuclear radioactiv­e baggage that can kill a Countries economy and or those living nearby!
Ask The Japanese!

*Nuclear Denial
The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

CaptD said...

BTW I bet the Fukushima Complex looked very "safe" before 3/11...

Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

That is the problem, all the nuclear experts in the World cannot change that reality...

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Yes it did. Actually, it was one of the better designed and situated nuke plants than others. I've seen photos of other nuke plants with horrendous layouts like having reactor building facing the ocean to take the first blunt of tsunami, or there is only one road that goes to the reactor building at the end of the peninsula.

Chibaguy said...

I wonder if they were going for a more green look by placing wind mills next to them. I would suggest adding solar panels as well.

As for swimming, probably not my first choice now that I know this industry lies about everything.

Mike said...

I was going to mock the people in that photo until I realized that I have surfed a number of times at the bottom of the cliffs below the San Onofre plant. And yes, it made me nervous, but the waves were awesome and uncrowded. Self-delusion is all too easy.

Areva, thank you again for continuing your work on the blog!

Anonymous said...

I met a surfer who has felt the temp change from the heat exchange from this plant. I've driven past one. It may well be this same one. Right on the ocean. We are all setup for a spectacular fall. Our children will curse us on each of their miserable days until they. die.

CaptD said...

As each of us wakes up to the nuclear RISK reality, we need to help spread the truth about the "downside" of nuclear; there is N☢ Free Lunch, especially with Nuclear!


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