Sudden power outage affects much of country

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-08-15

A major power outage hit many parts of Taiwan without warning on Tuesday

A shop in Taipei’s Ximen area is left in the dark after a sudden power outage Tuesday afternoon that affected Taiwan’s major cities. (CNA)

afternoon. The outage affected all major cities on the country’s west coast, including Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

State power company Taipower has attributed the blackout to an incident at the Tatan Power Plant in the northern municipality of Taoyuan. It said six generators at the gas-fired plant shut down due to human error. This brought a reduction in output of 4 million kilowatts. This in turn triggered automatic energy conservation measures at relay stations.

Taipower’s website also reported a separate issue at Taichung Power Plant at around 5pm. The Taichung plant is the largest coal-fired power station in the world.

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