Taiwan turns to LNG as nuclear outages hit

Four of six nuclear reactors in Taiwan are offline, leaving the country more reliant on coal and LNG to meet electricity demand
By Andrew Walker 15 May 2017

Operation of Taiwan’s nuclear reactors

Unit name Capacity Licensed until Current status
Chinshan unit 1 636 MWh 2018 Offline
Chinshan unit 2 636 MWh 2019 Online
Kuosheng unit 1 985 MWh 2021 Offline
Kuosheng unit 2 985 MWh 2023 Offline
Maanshan unit 1 951 MWh 2024 Online
Maanshan unit 2 951 MWh 2025 Offline
Subtotal 5.14 GWh    
Source: Taipower

Two-thirds of Taiwan’s nuclear reactors are offline, causing nuclear power’s share of the country’s energy mix to fall below 5%. This has left Taiwan depending on fossil fuels for more than 90% of its power over recent months. Thermal power plants have been used to replace the nuclear baseload, which...

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