Mailiao urges coal permit extension

‘CLEANER ENERGY SOURCES’:The company signed an MOU with the Yunlin County Government regarding its plan to convert its coal-fired power plants to gas-fired ones

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 10, 2017
By: Lauly Li / Staff reporter

Mailiao Power Corp (麥寮汽電), Formosa Plastics Group’s (台塑集團) coal-fired power

Yunlin County Commissioner Lee Chin-yung, second left, shakes hands with Mailiao Power Corp chairman Chen Bao-lang, second right, after signing a memorandum of understanding at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taipei yesterday. They are accompanied by Bureau of Energy Director-General Lin Chuan-neng, left, and Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs

subsidiary, yesterday urged the Yunlin County Government to extend the permits for using coal at the firm’s power generators in the county, as the two-year permits expire tomorrow.

Mailiao Power chairman Chen Bao-lang (陳寶郎), who is also chairman of Formosa Petrochemical Corp (台塑石化), said the power company has abided by the county government’s requests, including a request to reduce its annual power generation by 28 percent, since 2015.

“Mailiao’s coal-fired generation units produced 5 percent of Taiwan’s total power supply last year. We hope the county government will take the nation’s power supply stability into account when reviewing our application for a permit extension,” Chen told reporters on the sidelines of a news conference at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taipei.

The company sells electricity to state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電). It has three coal-fired electricity generators with a combined installed capacity of 1.8 megawatts, making it the largest privately owned coal-fired power plant operator in the nation.

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