Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Chinese nuclear plants in EMERGENCY lockdown set for direct hit

Saturday, September 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

A FEROCIOUS super typhoon that has killed at least 14 people and wreaked havoc in the Philippines is on course to pass directly over two nuclear power stations in China.

By Joshua Nevett
15th September 2018

Taishan Nuclear Power Plant and Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station, both in Guangdong province, have been put into emergency lockdown as tropical storm Mangkhut edges closer to the Chinese mainland.

Officials said the plants are in “combat readiness mode” in anticipation of a direct hit as the superstorm is forecast to churn over them at around 3pm local time today.

At the Taishan plant, safety investigations have been carried out and emergency response teams have been briefed in preparation for the arrival of the former Category 5 typhoon.

“All emergency personnel are at their posts and have conducted their preparatory work. The Taishan plant is fully prepared for the typhoon, and everything is in its place,” one official told South China Morning Post.

The Yangjiang plant has put similar preparations in place, including inspections of the facility’s five 1,086 megawatt generators.

Chen Weizhong, who manages the plant, stressed the importance of “strictly” implementing preventative measures.

The passing of powerful Mangkhut over the plants, both under 250 km away from Hong Kong, threatens the possibility of damage to their nuclear reactors.

Officials will be anxious to avoid a repeat of the catastrophic Fukushima disaster of 2011, when an earthquake and tsunami sent three nuclear reactors into meltdown.

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