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Gov't, state-run firms form a carbon capture alliance

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's government and state-run enterprises have formed a strategic alliance to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) announced yesterday.

The alliance plans to complete a pilot project for storing 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2015, and hopes to begin commercial operation by 2020, EPA Minister Stephen Shen said.

Alliance members include the EPA, Council for Economic Planning and Development, National Science Council, the bureaus of energy, industry and mining under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and state-run Taiwan Power Co., CPC Corp. Taiwan and ChinaSteel.

Shen said Japan's nuclear power crisis in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has triggered heated public discussion on the best energy policy for Taiwan, and the CCS alliance is one way to develop alternative energies for the country.

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