By: Wang Cheng-chung and Frances Huang
Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) In a policy reversal by the government, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Friday he has agreed with a decision made by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to shelve a project to expand capacity at the coal-fired Shen’ao power plant in New Taipei.
At a legislative hearing, Lai said the completion of a third liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal on the Taoyuan coast would support an increase in power generation big enough to drop the Shen’ao power plant project.
“The Executive Yuan supports the MOEA’s decision,” Lai said.
The decision was in line with remarks Lai made at the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday when he said the proposal to reopen and expand the Shen’ao power plant would depend on whether Taiwan can generate enough electricity from gas-fired power plants to meet future demand. [FULL STORY]