A fire that broke out at Taichung Power Plant yesterday morning has been put out, causing no disruptions to the nation’s power supply, state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) said.
The fire started at 7:03am on a conveyor belt at the coal-fired plant and was extinguished about three hours later, said the Taichung Harbor Fire Brigade, which responded to the emergency, dispatching 71 firefighters to the site.
Taipower said that the fire destroyed the conveyor system that was shuttling coal from a pier to the plant’s storage area.
Photo courtesy of Taiwan Power Co
Coal would be transported to the storage by vehicle until the conveyor system is restored, it said.
The power generation units at the plant would continue operations, as the coal in the storage area would be sufficient for 15 days, the utility said, vowing that there would be no power disruptions.
“The fire was not at the power generation facility itself, or even at the coal storage tower itself, but a fire on the conveyor belt,” Taipower spokesman Chang Ting-shu (張廷舒) said. “Coal supply remains adequate, and the incident will not impact Taiwan’s electricity generation capacity.”
A preliminary investigation suggests that the rubber conveyor belt might have overheated, Chang said, adding that investigation into the incident would continue.
The Taichung Environmental Protection Bureau yesterday said that the power plant would be fined NT$5 million (US$180,479) for environmental pollution.
Separately, Chang also confirmed that more than 60,000 households lost power in Tainan for about 45 minutes on Wednesday night.
“The cause is unclear, but the outage could have been due to downed electrical lines amid a storm,” he said.
Due to rainy weather during the past couple of days, peak electricity use has decreased, Chang said, adding that Taipower expects ample power supply next week.
Additional reporting by Angelica Oung
HEAVY TOLL: The closure of the plants, which produced 56 percent of Feng Tay’s shoes last year, followed similar shutdowns in India, its second-biggest production base Feng Tay Enterprises Co Ltd (豐泰), a supplier for Nike Inc, on Saturday temporarily shut down four factories in Vietnam, its biggest manufacturing base, for about a week amid COVID-19 lockdowns, it said yesterday. Feng Tay is the latest in a slew of local manufacturers with operations in Vietnam that have suspended operations as the country grapples with its worst outbreak of COVID-19. Pou Chen Corp (寶成工業), the world’s largest manufacturer of branded athletic and casual footwear, last week said that it had suspended operations at its plant in Ho Chi Minh City, as virus restrictions shuttered factories in the business hub
Taiwan should protect its vaccine supply chain and invest in vaccine development after seeing how the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted tremendous social and economic losses worldwide, Sanofi Pasteur Hong Kong & Taiwan general manager Philip Ho said in an interview this week. “When you look at the trillions of dollars that countries have lost, parents who are forced to stay at home with their children and various restrictions imposed following a nationwide lockdown, we really see what we are losing compared with what we can benefit from vaccination,” Ho said. While the government has been trying to secure vaccines since the middle
The next target for China’s cybersecurity crackdown is to be the pools of data collected by the latest generation of vehicles. This approach risks Beijing shooting itself in the foot, and jeopardizing its ambitious plans to lead the global race for electric and autonomous vehicles. China wants to have control over the information vehicles have about their drivers, the roads they traverse, and the faces and voices they pass, according to a draft law on data-security management for the automotive industry issued in May. It seeks to ensure manufacturers across the auto supply chain keep data in the country and pass
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp (陽明海運) is to use NT$16 billion (US$570.4 million) of its NT$29 billion in newly raised capital to lower its debt-to-asset ratio to less than 60 percent, it said yesterday. The container shipping company’s assets and liabilities were NT$208.85 billion and NT$146.4 billion respectively as of the end of March, indicating a debt-to-asset ratio of 70 percent, company data showed. Its major rivals had lower debt ratios. As of March 31, Evergreen Marine Corp (長榮海運) reported a debt-to-asset ratio of 61.6 percent, while Wan Hai Lines Ltd (萬海航運) had an even lower ratio of 57.4 percent. After repaying debts,