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Taiwan Halts Plans to Add Atomic Reactors After Japan Crisis

Taiwan Power Co., which operates the island’s three atomic-power plants and is building a fourth, halted plans for additional reactors after an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant in Japan.

Taipower, as the utility is known, canceled a tender to hire advisers for two more reactors to its No. 4 nuclear plant under construction, Chief Engineer Roger Lee said yesterday. The government has frozen a review of the state-run utility’s application to extend the life of its 33-year-old No. 1 plant, since the earthquake, which also sparked tsunami warnings for Taiwan’s northern coastline.