Stable power supply expected on Wednesday: Taipower

Taipei--Taiwan's power supply is expected to be stable on Wednesday after several generators have resumed operations following repairs, an official at the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower, ??) said.

A coal-fired generator at the Ho-Ping Power Plant in Hualien County that broke down early Tuesday, just three days after the plant resumed operations, was re-connected to the national grid network Wednesday morning, said Cheng Yu-tsai (???), Taipower's deputy superintendent for central coordination.

The six generators at the Tatan power plant in Taoyuan that tripped after their supply of natural gas was accidentally cut off for two minutes late Tuesday afternoon, were returned to normal operations on Tuesday night, he said.

The repaired Ho-Ping Power Plant generator (about 650,000 kW at full capacity) and the Tatan plant generators are expected to supply a combined 4.38 million kW of electricity going forward, Cheng said.

He predicted that peak electricity usage will reach 36.40 million kW on Wednesday, while maximum supply capacity will be about 38 million kW, translating to an operating reserve margin of 4.93 percent.

Peak electricity usage in the next few days is expected to range between 36.4 million kW and 36.5 million kW, enabling the reserve margin to remain at a level where power rationing should not be needed, Cheng said.

The country's electricity supply was in the news last week after Taiwan was hit by unusually high temperatures for August and reserves nearly fell to levels on Aug. 8 and Aug. 11 that automatically trigger power rationing.

Those electricity concerns were fueled again when an operational error by state-owned CPC Corp. (??) at 4:51 p.m. Tuesday caused power generation at the Tatan plant to be temporarily interrupted, leaving a total shortfall of 4.65 million kW nationwide.

More than 6.68 million households in 17 cities and counties around Taiwan lost power, and Taipower instituted rotational power rationing measures until 9:40 p.m. before the problem at the Taoyuan plant was fixed.

The blackouts prompted Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (???) to tender his resignation to take political responsibility for the power failure, which was accepted by Premier Lin Chuan (??).

It was reported that CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, ????) President Liu Cheng-hsie also offered his resignation following the incident.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel