CPC says Lumax also culpable for power shortage

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY:CPC chairman Chen Chin-te repeated the company’s position that installation of parts is among Lumax’s contractual responsibilities

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 18, 2017
By: Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporter

State-owned oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) yesterday rejected

CPC Corp chairman Chen Chin-te yesterday speaks during an interview with Hit Fm radio show host Clara Chou in Taipei about Tuesday’s power outage. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

allegations by its contractor Lumax International Corp (巨路) that CPC was solely responsible for Tuesday’s nationwide blackout, saying that a 10-member investigation team would soon address the public’s doubts.

“We are not dodging responsibility [for the outage],” CPC chairman Chen Chin-te (陳金德) said in a broadcast interview.

Lumax was responsible for the procurement and maintenance of the power supply system of the Datan power plant, he said, while sharing documents with reporters after an interview with Hit FM radio host Clara Chou (周玉蔻).

CPC and Lumax engineers were to replace two components in a control room, but failed to switch the power system from automatic to manual mode, Chen said.

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