LIVE UPDATES: Power outages hit Taiwan
The China Post Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:50 pm TWN
Six generators at a Taoyuan power plant went down at 4:51 p.m., causing power outages nationwide.
• The economics minister has resigned over the energy crisis
AS IT HAPPENED
10:25 p.m.: This concludes our live coverage of the energy crisis. It was a dramatic day that started with a minor problem at a Hualien power plant. Before it finished, millions of homes had experienced power outages and the economic affairs minister had stepped down.
And that was only the start; the fallout will be significant both in terms of politics and energy policy. There will no doubt be calls for a rethink or at least a delay on the phase-out of nuclear power, and rumors of a Cabinet reshuffle are inevitable.
But those are matters for tomorrow.
10:20 p.m.: Power rationing was stopped nationwide at 9:40 p.m., according to Taipower, as the restarting of the offline generators continued.
9:46 p.m.: As blackouts continue for some neighborhoods in Taiwan, a reminder: This is the best reason you'll ever have to finish every pint of ice cream in your freezer.
9:04 p.m.: Taipower has said that the gas supply from CPC Corp. has returned to normal, but the time frame for Tatan Power Plant to return to regular operation is still midnight at the earliest.
The exact turn of events that resulted in Tatan's six generators going offline remains uncertain, but CPC is suggesting that human error by a contractor may be to blame for a 2-minute stop in the supply of LNG to the generators.
8:15 p.m.: A few developments:
• Taipower hopes power can be fully restored by midnight tonight
7:45 p.m., KEY UPDATE:
The premier has already accepted Lee's resignation, Hsu said.
7:28 p.m.: How many of these guys will survive?
"No one will shy away from their responsibilities," Lee said during the presser. It hints at what is surely to come -- big-name resignations.
Pundits are indeed already calling for the resignation of three such names: Lee and the chiefs of state-run firms CPC Corp. and Taipower.
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