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Taichung Power Plant shut down for emergency troubleshooting

One of the 10 units in the plant is under repair at the moment and whether there will be another power shortage remains a question.

Taichung Power Plant. (Source: CNA)

Taichung Power Plant. (Source: CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taichung Power Plant Unit 1 was shut down for emergency troubleshooting due to abnormal sounds in the generator, but the operation of the unit would resume at 6 a.m. Monday morning and the power supply of the country in the following week should not be affected, said Lin Te-fu (林德福), spokesperson of Taiwan Power Company (Taipower,台電) Sunday.

"Taipower would hold a meeting in the afternoon and announce the latest power supply situation afterwards," added Lin.

The country was facing a serious power shortage after Typhoon Nesat stroke the island and damaged a transmission tower in Hualien which carried 1.3 million kilowatts (kW) of power.

Taipower signaled a power supply warning on July 30, with the operating power reserve remaining less than 800,000 kW, leading people to fear power rationing.

Even though Taipower announced on August 2 that the shortage had lessened due to the frequent rain during the week that had brought the temperatures down slightly, the emergency shutdown of the Taichung Power Plant on Saturday caused concern for another power shortage.

In order to conserve electricity, the government announced on July 31 that all government buildings would turn off air conditioners from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. during working days for two weeks.

However, this measure led to divided opinions as the country has been experiencing high temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius in average during the daytime these days.

The Taichung Power Plant, located in Longjing Township (龍井鄉), is the world’s largest coal-fired power plant, and probably one of the most polluting one as its emission of carbon dioxide ranks the top in the world.

Updated : 2021-05-16 11:21 GMT+08:00