Taichung power station

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Taichung power station is a 5,500-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Taiwan, one of the the top ten biggest coal plants in the world.

Location

The photo below shows Units 1-8.

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Units 9-10 are located about 1 km to the west of Units 18. To the south of Units 9-10 is open land where further units could be located.

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Background

Taichung power station consists of ten 550 MW coal-burning units, making it the world's largest coal-fired power plant.[1]

Four original units were commissioned in 1991-1992. In 1996–1997, four additional units were added. The eight older units have a total estimated coal requirement of around 12 million tonnes of bituminous coal and 2.5 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal a year. In June 2005 and June 2006, 550 MW sub-critical pressure units 9 and 10 were installed. Coal is received through the Taichung Port.[2]

Description of Expansion

Taipower has said there is an expansion plan to build two new 800 MW units at the power station by 2016,[3][4] later pushed to 2021.[5]

However, as of 2015 the proposed new units are not listed in Taipower's 2014 Annual Report,[6] nor on the company's list of projects under construction.[7] The expansion appears to be deferred or abandoned.

In February, Cai Qichang, Vice President of the legislature, said that Units 11 and 12 will be natural gas generation and that Units 1-10 will be gradually retired.[8]

Public opposition

In November 2015, in response to public protests, Taipower and the local government agreed the plant would cut generation when particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution hit 71 micrograms per cubic meter at most of the 11 monitoring stations in the city. Taiwan Healthy Air Action Alliance argues the plant should cut generation three days ahead of predicted peak pollution days and demands the utility switch to cleaner generation. In March 2016, the city government requested Taipower lower output at the plant when the index for PM2.5 hit “extremely high” levels.[9]

Project Details for Taichung power station Expansion

  • Sponsor: Taipower
  • Parent company: Government of Taiwan
  • Location: Lung-Ching Distrist, Taichung City
  • Coordinates: 24.2194242, 120.4731345 (exact)
  • Status: Now planned as gas-fired
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 11: 800 MW
    • Unit 12: 800 MW
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous and sub-bituminous
  • Coal Source: Imported (Australia, USA, South Africa, Indonesia)
  • Source of financing:

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References

  1. "Coal-Fired Plants in Taiwan," Coal-fired power plants around the world, accessed Jan 2014.
  2. Taichung Coal-Fired Power Plant, Taiwan. power-technology.com. Net Resources International. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.
  3. st-coal-taiwan. Industcards.com. Retrieved on 2014-06-03.
  4. Taichung Power Plant- world’s largest coal fired power plant | Morgan Energy Solutions. Morganenergysol.com (2013-01-16). Retrieved on 2014-06-03.
  5. "'Giga' projects - the world's biggest thermal power plants," Power technology.com, November 27, 2013
  6. "Sustainability Reports - 台灣電力公司," Taiwan Power Company, 2014
  7. "Power construction projects," Taipower, accessed Feb 2015
  8. "台中空污紫爆 蔡其昌要求燃煤改天然氣發電," Liberty Times Net, 26 February 2016
  9. "As PM2.5 rises, plant cuts output," Taipei Times, March 7, 2016

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