No. 2 reactor at second nuclear plant resumes operations

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Taipei, July 7 (CNA) The No. 2 reactor at the second nuclear power plant in New Taipei resumed operations after being taken offline early Saturday for a safety inspection, according to state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).

As of 8 p.m., the reactor was generating 396,900 kilowatts and running at just above 40 percent capacity, Taipower data showed.

The inspections were scheduled because the vibration calibration of one of the reactor's side bearings needed to be adjusted, according to Taipower on the previous day.

The inspections were expected to be completed within a day and the reactor had been scheduled to be back online generating power by Saturday evening.

However, on-site inspections were completed ahead of schedule and the reactor was restarted at 2:18 p.m., Taipower spokesperson Hsu Tsao-hua (徐造華) said, adding that the reactor will steadily return to full capacity.

When operating at full capacity, the reactor generates about 985,000 kilowatts of power, or 2.7 percent of Taiwan's operating reserve margin -- the percentage of generating capacity available to the power grid that can be called upon within a short period of time.

Taiwan currently has three aging nuclear power plants, which have two reactors each.

Currently, only the second nuclear plant's number one reactor and the third nuclear plant's two nuclear reactors are operating at full capacity.

(By Pan Tzi-yu and Ko Lin)

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