Changgong power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Changgong power station (臺灣電力彰工發電廠), also known as the Zhanggong power station, is a proposed 1,600-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Taiwan.


The undated satellite photo below shows the location of the Changbin Industrial Park in Changhua county, where the project would be located.

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Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower) proposal to build a two-generator plant on a 152-hectare property in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park in Lugang Township (鹿港) was first submitted for an environmental assessment review in 2004. Between 2004 and 2007, the first round of reviews were held and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) committee concluded that the project should be rejected. However, before the EPA could formally adopt the committee’s decision, Taipower withdrew its submission to prevent a wholesale rejection.[1]

The company resubmitted the project in 2008, almost unchanged from its original submission, and the project underwent another round of reviews up to August 2010.[1] According to the Taipower website: "The project will involve installing two 800 MW ultra-supercritical coal-fired units in the Changbin Industrial Park. They are scheduled for commercial operation in January and July 2018. As influenced by the schedule of an environmental assessment review, the progress of this project has stalled. At the end of December 2011, the project was 4.63 % complete."[2]

In its 2014 Annual Report, Taipower said the project had been deferred for four years by the Executive Yuan under the environmental assessment review on Jan. 4, 2013. A new timeline is not given.[3]

However, in December 2015 Taipower sent a collection of documents to the EPA to reopen the review process. In January 2016 the EIA committee returned the project to the Ministry of Economic Affairs because it was resubmitted for over a seven-year period, and "does not fit into the current environment."[1]

The EPA rejected the plant in April 2016. The decision followed dozens of protesters criticizing the Changhua project, saying the county is already surrounded by the Taichung power station and Formosa Plastics Group’s naphtha cracker factory in Yunlin. After an hour of closed-door deliberations, the assembly rejected the proposal and asked the Ministry of Economic Affairs to reject the company’s development application.[4]

In June 2017, Taipower said it planned to pursue a solar park at the site.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Taipower
  • Parent company: Government of Taiwan
  • Location: Changbin Industrial Park, Changhua County
  • Coordinates: 24.089, 120.406 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 1600 MW (Units 1 and 2: 800 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service:
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