Premier to report to Legislature on power outage

Taipei--Premier Lin Chuan (??) will deliver a report on the Aug. 15 power outage to the Legislative Yuan on Monday, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (???) said Thursday.

Lin has also instructed Acting Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin (???) to visit Tatan Power Plant in Taoyuan and state-owned fuel supplier CPC Corp. to look into the incident and present a report on Friday, Hsu said.

The instruction was given during a lunch meeting between Lin and legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, according to Hsu.

At a weekly Cabinet meeting held in the morning, the premier again apologized to the public for the inconvenience caused by the outage, which affected more than 6.68 million households in 17 cities and counties across Taiwan.

The blackout was caused by a shutdown of all six generators at the gas-fired power plant when a worker from a CPC contractor inadvertently shut off a gas supply valve for two minutes, according to state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).

CPC Chairman Chen Chin-de (???) said Thursday that the company has established a special panel to go through computer records and determine what happened on that day.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel