By: Huang Li-yun and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) State-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) wants to replace corroded electricity transmission pylons in Yunlin County by the end of this year, a Taipower official said Monday, but is being stymied by local landlords.
Hsiao Sheng-jen (蕭勝任), a chief engineer at Taipower’s transmission unit, was responding to a newspaper report that eight power pylons in Yunlin County, Changhua County and Taoyuan were found to be heavily rusted.
The Apple Daily newspaper cited an expert who said that the old rusted pylons could collapse in an earthquake or be blown down by strong winds, triggering a chain reaction that could lead neighboring pylons to tilt as they are connected by high-tension power cables. [FULL STORY]