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First offshore coal pier launched by Taipower's plant

First offshore coal pier launched by Taipower's plant

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Taiwan's first offshore coal-unloading pier, built by the Hsinta thermal power plant of Taiwan Power Co.
(Taipower) at a cost at NT$8.4 billion (US$263 million), was put into operation last December, Taipower said Saturday.
Imported coal can be discharged at the coal-unloading facility off the Kaohsiung coast and then be transported inland via a closed conveyor system, which can sharply decrease pollution risks and transportation costs.
The Hsinta power plant, the second largest thermal power plant in Taiwan, consumes 5.5 million tons of coal per year. It used to ship in coal on a 10,000-ton barge from a coal storage yard in Dalin, a method that heightened the risk of supply instability.
By cutting shipping costs and adding supply stability, the offshore coal-unloading pier can improve the competitiveness of the Hsinta power plant and help Taipower enhance the quality of its power supply.
The Hsinta power plant was chosen as the "Best Environmental Performance Power Plant of the Year" in 2008 from among 50 power plants in Asia.
The construction of the pier started in 2003 and was completed in June 2009.
(By Shu-yuan Lin and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2020-12-01 11:17 GMT+08:00