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A national referendum on activating Taiwan’s long-mothballed Lungmen nuclear power plant in New Taipei will be held on 28 August, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said on 20 January, confirming a date that had already been decided under the term of the Referendum Act.

Date: Friday, 29 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstaiwan-to-hold-august-referendum-on-restarting-lungmen-8476909

Delayed nuclear station was mothballed in 2014 The Lungmen site as of March 2006. Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons. A national referendum on resuming the mothballed Lungmen nuclear power station project will be held on 28 August, Taiwan’s Central Election Commission has confirmed, Taiwan News reported.

The Lungmen station has been mothballed since July 2014 following environmental protests over what campaigners said were the potential dangers of nuclear power.

State-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said it would take at least six to seven years to start commercial operations at the facility in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District in the far north of Taiwan. In February 2019, Taipower said it had ruled out restarting the project.

The project was earlier postponed due to additional fund requirements of $1.16-$1.45bn, increasing the total cost of the project to $7.8-$8.1bn. Although construction began in 1997, the plant has been delayed by political arguments and high material prices. Construction was temporarily halted in 2000 and resumed again in 2001. By December 2011, the project was more than 90% complete.

Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/commission-confirms-referendum-will-be-held-on-lungmen-restart-1-2-2021

Hitachi announced today it will end its business operations on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant construction project, which it had suspended in January 2019 "because it was clear that further time was needed to decide on a financing structure". Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer that Hitachi acquired in November 2012, said it will now take steps for the "orderly closing down" of all its current development activities, but will "keep the lines of communication open" with government and other key stakeholders regarding future options at both its sites, which in addition to Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, include Oldbury on Severn in South Gloucestershire.

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hitachi-withdraws-from-UK-new-build-project

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest Clean Energy Progress Track report published on 11 June, assesses the full range of energy technologies and sectors.

Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-says-nuclear-is-not-on-track-to-meet-sustainability-goals-7973661

As a result of higher energy consumption, CO2 emissions rose 1.7% last year and hit a new record, according to the latest data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Paris-based agency’s Global Energy & CO2 Status Report, released today, shows that the global energy system emitted 33 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018.

Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IEA-demands-increase-in-clean-energy-as-emissions

State-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) on 31 January ruled out starting up the Lungmen nuclear power plant, dismissing suggestions that it would take only three years.

Date: Wednesday, 06 February 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstaipower-rules-out-operation-of-lungmen-6970272

The Taiwanese government will proceed with its plan to phase out the use of nuclear energy, despite citizens voting against the policy in a recent referendum, the country's economic minister announced yesterday.

Date: Friday, 01 February 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Taiwan-government-maintains-nuclear-phase-out

Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said it plans to decommission unit 1 of its Chinshan nuclear power plant following the expiration of the reactor's operating licence today after 40 years of operation. However, the utility must first be granted a decommissioning permit before work can begin.

Date: Wednesday, 05 December 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-Taiwanese-reactor-to-enter-decommissioning

Agneta Rising, director general of World Nuclear Association, urges policy makers gathered at COP24 - the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - to recognise the longstanding role of nuclear power in the low-carbon energy mix.

Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-COP-24-help-the-climate-with-nuclear-pol

The Taiwanese people have voted against the government's policy to phase out the use of nuclear energy by 2025 in a referendum held alongside local elections on 24 November.

Date: Monday, 26 November 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Taiwanese-vote-to-keep-nuclear-in-energy-mix