Gas issues cause nationwide blackout

THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY:Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung verbally resigned after 6.68 million electricity users nationwide were forced onto power rationing

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 16, 2017
By: Lisa Wang / Staff reporter

A natural gas supply disruption to a major power plant in Taoyuan’s Datan

Buildings around Taipei 101 in Taipei’s Xinyi District are shrouded in darkness during a power outage yesterday evening. Photo: Chung Hung-liang, Taipei Times

Township (大潭) yesterday caused blackouts throughout the nation and subsequent power rationing, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said.
Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) resigned from his position to shoulder responsibility.

The Cabinet accepted Lee’s oral resignation immediately.

About 6.68 million users, half of the nation’s 13 million users, faced power rationing from 6pm to 9pm last night as state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) was striving to restore power generation from the plant, Taipower chairman Chu Wen-chen (朱文成) told a media briefing.    [FULL  STORY]

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