Ministry works for transition to gas plants

SHIFT:Taipower is working on a project to build gas storage facilities at two coal-fired plants that are to be transformed into gas-powered plants, the company chairman said

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 06, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) on Thursday said that the ministry is working to transform coal-fired power plants into natural gas-powered plants to ensure economic growth is not undermined by power shortages.

One of the measures intended to ensure a stable power supply is the transformation of two coal-fired power plants — in Taichung and Keelung — into natural gas-powered plants.

Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電), the nation’s main power supplier, is working on a project to build gas storage facilities at the two power plants, Taipower chairman Chu Wen-chen (朱文成) said.

The project is expected to be completed by 2025, when the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government’s nuclear-free homeland policy is scheduled to take effect, when about “50 percent of power plants in Taiwan” will need to be powered by natural gas, Lee said.    [FULL  STORY]

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