Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant

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Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant
Chin-shan Nuclear Power Plant-canal and containment building-P1020609.JPG
Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant is located in Taiwan
Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant in Taiwan
Official name 金山核能發電廠
Country Republic of China
Location Chin Shan Village,[1] Shimen, New Taipei[2]
Coordinates 25°17′9″N 121°35′10″E / 25.28583°N 121.58611°E / 25.28583; 121.58611Coordinates: 25°17′9″N 121°35′10″E / 25.28583°N 121.58611°E / 25.28583; 121.58611
Status Operational
Commission date 10 December 1978 (Unit 1)
15 July 1979 (Unit 2)[3]
Decommission date December 2018 (Unit 1) - Planned
July 2019 (Unit 2) - Planned
Owner(s) Taipower
Nuclear power station
Reactor type BWR-4
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 604 MW
Nameplate capacity 2 x 604 MWe

The Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant or Chin Shan Nuclear Power Plant[4] (金山核能發電廠 or 核一) is a nuclear power plant in Shimen, New Taipei, Taiwan. Commissioned in 1978 for its first nuclear reactor, the plant is Taiwan's first nuclear power plant as well as Taiwan's smallest nuclear power plant.


The power plant can generate 9 billion kWh of electricity per year.[5]

Decommissioning plan[edit]

Taipower, as the operator of the power plant, is required by the Radiation Monitoring Center of the Legislative Yuan to hand in the 2018 decommissioning plans for the plant by December 2015 for the authority to review all of the plans before the decommissioning date. Once the reactors have been shut down, the plant should be dismantled within 25 years.[2]


July 2013[edit]

The 2013 Typhoon Soulik caused a trip to the generator and turbine of the power plant Unit-2 because one suspension ground line failed and hit the transmission line when the typhoon hit the island on 13–14 July. The typhoon also caused the seawater inlet to be blocked by large amount of debris and damaged three fine filters, traveling filter rake and the plant's switchyard. The damaged caused to the plant causing it to be offline for several days.[6][7]

August 2013[edit]

In August 2013, it was reported that there might have been radioactive water leaks for three years from the storage pools of the nuclear power plant's two reactors. Official from Taipower said that the water might come from different sources, such as condensation water or water used for cleaning up the floors. The water however has been collected in a reservoir next to the storage pools used for spent nuclear rods and has been recycled back into the storage pools, thus is claimed to pose no threat to the environment.[8]

December 2013[edit]

In December 2013, the circulating pump of the second reactor tripped due to the low lube oil pressure which caused a built-in lube oil pump. The Atomic Energy Council was criticized due to their very slow respond in giving answers to the public only 10 hours after the trip.[9]

December 2014[edit]

On 28 December 2014, the number 1 reactor of the plant was shutdown and went out of service due to a component failure.[10]

May 2015[edit]

On 16 May 2015, an air conditioning unit in the seawater pump house of the plant caught fire. The fire was put out immediately and did not cause any safety concern or affect the power generation.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GE Energy to Supply Monitoring and Control Systems for Taiwan Nuclear Power Plant". Business Wire. 2005-02-23. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Taipower working towards decommissioning of Chinshan Nuclear plant - Power Insider AsiaPower Insider Asia". Pimagazine-asia.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  3. ^ "Taiwan Nuclear Power". World-nuclear.org. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Chin Shan Nuclear Power Plant". Power Technology. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Taipower mulls extending use of three nuclear plants". Taipei Times. 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Taiwan’s Chinshan-2 Faces Repairs After Typhoon Shutdown". Nucnet.org. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  7. ^ "Taiwan reactor offline after typhoon". World-nuclear-news.org. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  8. ^ 08/09/2013 12:07 am EDT. "Taiwan's First Nuclear Power Plant In Shihmen May Have Been Leaking Radioactive Water For 3 Years". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  9. ^ "AEC criticized on Jinshan plant safety". Taipei Times. 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  10. ^ http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201504270010.aspx
  11. ^ http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201505160027.aspx