Safety report on No. 2 reactor ready soon: Atomic Energy Council

The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) says its review of a safety evaluation report on the No. 2 reactor of Taiwan's First Nuclear Power Plant will be ready in a week or two. The AEC made the statement Monday.

The AEC had requested that Taiwan's state-run power company � Taipower � submit the report. That's after the atomic energy body found that the power plant had activated a coastdown process on its No. 2 reactor.

Coastdown refers to an action that permits the reactor power level to decrease gradually as the fuel in the core is depleted.

This is the first time that Taipower has started a coastdown process on a reactor for generation dispatching � or adjusting the amount of electricity produced by different generation units.

Several environmental groups have voiced concern that it could affect the maintenance schedule of the reactor. That's because the current coastdown procedure will take 45 days. That's a lot longer than the previous duration of between one and seven days.

But the AEC has said 45 days will keep the reactor on schedule even though it will be postponed for a couple of days.

Source: Radio Taiwan International