TAIwans nuclear power plant has been the subject of much speculation since it was inaugurated in late 2017, with the country’s top politicians vying to determine the future of a plant that has yet to open.
The plant was built to be capable of producing plutonium and has the potential to generate up to 1,200 gigawatts of power, according to Teng Hai Nuclear Power Co. The plant, which opened in January 2019, is the largest nuclear power station in the world.
According to the company, the plant’s production capacity is estimated at around 5,000 to 5,500 megawatts and that it is able to produce up to 100 terawatts of electricity at a peak of about 4,600 terawatts.
The company, which manufactures nuclear reactors for the country, says it is the world’s first nuclear power reactor that is capable of being fully operated without nuclear waste disposal and without the use of any nuclear waste, according a press release.
The announcement comes amid a nationwide shortage of electricity and with China having one of the world top nuclear power plants and other nations ramping up their own nuclear plants.
China has had to use coal for its power since the early 2000s, when it switched to nuclear power to provide more reliable energy.
Since then, China has continued to ramp up nuclear power production, which was once largely done with natural gas.