This is the link to the article (in Chinese) about the guy who confessed to being paid a wad of cash to build certain infrastructure elements for the 4th Plant, and basically cutting as many corners as possible in order to make as much money as possible, 'cuz heck, they ain’t never really gonna open the plant!
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I’m going to copy+paste the contents of the article below, just in case the “powers that be” try to force the media outlet to erase the article… (I’ll spend some time some time in the future translating the article into English, too. If anyone wants to help, that would be great!)
Different Words: You Dare Run the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant - I’m Running for My Life
November 26, 2012
Mr. H, small/medium-sized enterprise owner.
Q: Your background is in a traditional business, how did you end up taking a contract for the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant?
A: People shouldn’t be greedy, but I am just too greedy! My background is in trade, and I made a bit of money. Ten years earlier, someone told me, “A” Company has a lot of potential, it’s the future Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC). “A” Company’s General Manager said, the metal pipes they manufactured were high-tech, requiring special skills and knowledge, and they didn’t rust. Because the CEO of “A” Company once held political office, owing to “guanxi”, they could instead use water pipes inside the power plant, and make a fortune; the estimated cost of the new Fourth Nuclear Power Plant was to be NT$180,000,000,000, we would only need a contract for NT$10,000,000,000 and that would be enough. Thus, I invested NT$40,000,000. When the new company opened, politicians, investors, and high-ranking bank officials came to celebrate the occasion in a grand fashion.
“Living Life in Fear”
At the beginning, our company accepted contracts for normal power plants, and afterwards started bidding for Fourth Nuclear Power Plant contracts. Within the bidding process, our company spent NT$150,000,000 on “activities”, and later won the contract for an NT$1,000,000,000 engineering job, and had to pay kick-backs. After we won the contract, we sub-contracted out each different job, and those in turn were sub-sub-contracted out. All of the companies that actually did the work were small, unknown companies - they couldn’t even read the English blueprints.
At the time, many Taiwanese manufacturing businesses started being moved abroad, and the electricity being used domestically was very little. The Minying Electric Plant’s capacity had been increased significantly, and as we were working on that plant, we heard a lot of this type of news… news to the effect that there was no need for a nuclear power plant, electrical capacity for the nation was more than enough. As we worked on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, we didn’t seriously do the work, the engineering bore no resemblance to real engineering, it was just a show. At the time, we all said that the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant would never operate - we were just there to launder the money!
I never thought that after the government halted work on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, although our company received tens of millions, still a portion of the project cost and government payments were not forthcoming… our company went bankrupt. My tens of millions of dollars just disappeared like this, I felt like I had been fooled by a con-artist, my first thought was that the ringleaders were government officials and bank executives.
Actually, my company’s capital only amounted to just over NT$400,000,000, and we arranged loans of NT$1,200,000,000 from the banks, all arranged via our contacts with bank executives. We used people with no assets as guarantors - if anything happened, we wouldn’t have to repay the loans. In addition, our company had legislators as investors, so after our company went bankrupt, I was okay for a few years. I never thought that the banks would sell our loan claim to debt collection companies; they want the money, of course, so I started having to attend court often.
Q: The way you guys built the plant, don’t you feel guilty?
A: At the beginning, we really thought the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant would never be operated, it was just a way for our company to make easy money - build any which-way. When they re-started construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, our company no longer existed, but the plant was rusty, crumbling… and despite this, the work to continue building was still contracted and sub-contracted out. Nobody knew how many contractors and sub-contractors were involved, and it would be impossible to have anyone responsible for anything. Although I felt frightened, I still felt, there’s no way they are going to run this Nuclear Plant, it’s just an ATM.
But later, I became more and more frightened, because it seemed that politicians wanted the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant to be put into operation… especially when I saw generators being shipped in… really frightening. I really do feel guilty, everyday I live in fear, I am really worried that when they try to start the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant that it will explode, and my home in Taipei will disappear.
If there’s any problem with the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, “Dibao Residences” (the most expensive properties in Taiwan) will also disappear.
In Taipei, on Jinghua Street, I have a 50 Ping mansion, including a garden in the sky, but I don’t dare live there. My entire family has moved to Taoyuan. If there’s a problem with the Nuclear Plant, people need to be at least 30 kms away, at the very least in Linkou.
Q: According to the Americans, the standard is an 80 km Exclusion Zone in the event of a nuclear disaster, so there’s still danger (beyond the 30 km exclusion zone)?
A: At least, from Taoyuan, it’s much quicker to escape to Taizhong. I have a house in Taizhong, too. A lot of people know that Nuclear Power is dangerous, but they’re helpless. Taiwanese are like cows, when they know death is imminent, they’ll merely cry, they won’t run. However, I am not a cow, I want to run away as quickly as possible.
My son studied psychology and said I have a sickness, “nuclear power panic disorder”, but all my money is invested in Taipei. If the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant experiences a disaster, “Dibao Residences” will disappear, so the residents there have come out to oppose nuclear power. Just as Dibao was built 17 years ago, each floor was built by different sub-contractors… do you dare live there?
Reported by Chen Yumei