Changhua power station
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Changhua power station is a retired power station in Changhua, Taiwan.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Changhua power station||Changhua, Changhua, Taiwan||24.09293, 120.560787 (exact)|
The map below shows the exact location of the power station.
Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):
- Unit G8 (M22), Unit G6 (M17), Unit G7 (M18): 24.09293, 120.560787
Table 2: Unit-level details
|Unit name||Status||Fuel(s)||Capacity (MW)||Technology||Start year||Retired year|
|Unit G8 (M22)||retired||coal - bituminous||113||subcritical||1999||2017|
|Unit G6 (M17)||retired||coal - bituminous||57||subcritical||1991||2017|
|Unit G7 (M18)||retired||coal - bituminous||101||subcritical||1994||2017|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit G8 (M22)||Formosa Chemicals & Fibers [TO BE DELETED] [100.0%]|
|Unit G6 (M17)||Formosa Chemicals & Fibers [TO BE DELETED] [100.0%]|
|Unit G7 (M18)||Formosa Chemicals & Fibers [TO BE DELETED] [100.0%]|
Project-level captive use details
- Captive industry use (heat or power): chemicals
- Captive industry: Power
The coal-fired power plant was located at Formosa Chemicals and Fibre Corporations’ chemical plant complex. Formosa sells power to Taipower Company, a state-owned enterprise. The plant accounted for about 60 percent of the county’s coal consumption. It was originally a five-unit, 314 MW power station (Units G4-G8), commissioned from 1986 to 1999.
In September 2016, Formosa applied for an extension of permits for three coal-fired cogeneration boilers at the Changhua plant. An extension application was not made for units 1-2, suggesting they had been retired.
After the application, over 3,000 people rallied urging the Changhua county government to refuse the extension request of the operating permit for the plant, which was due to expire on September 28, 2016. A petition launched on September 10 against the plant for its air pollution effects attracted 10,000 signatures. The Changhua County Council in July 2016 passed a bylaw to enforce more stringent emissions standards to improve air quality by effectively banning petroleum coke and bituminous coal. The county government issued a statement saying it planned to remove Formosa’s facility from Changhua city to make the city coal-free.
On September 30, 2016, Formosa Chemicals said it would shut down the plant beginning the following week as the local government declined to renew permits for its cogeneration equipment. The plant's workers protested the decision. In rejecting the company’s application, the county government cited the company’s failure to use less-polluting coal, which it promised to do in an environmental impact assessment report in 1999.
In response to the county decision, Formosa filed an administrative appeal against the county government. In March 2017, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said that the county government’s review procedure was flawed, revoking the county government’s ruling and requiring it to produce a new one.
In May 2017, the county government again rejected Formosa's extension applications and also revoked the company's permits to operate the three boilers. The EPA again said that the county government’s review procedure was illegitimate. Formosa filed a second administrative appeal against the county government. However, in August 2017 the plant was shut down for good.
In January 2019, Formosa Plastics appealed to the Changhua County, asking for state compensation of 1.14 billion Taiwan currency for the closure of the facility, but the appeal was denied. In June 2019, Formosa filed another lawsuit to the court asking for 1.14 billion in state compensation for closure of the plant. As of June 2021, the lawsuit appears to be ongoing.
Articles and Resources
- "Thousands rally against power plant in Changhua," Taipei Times, September 19, 2016
- "逆轉 台化彰化廠可復工 環團抗爭到底," Apple Daily, March 11, 2017
- "Formosa Chemicals to shut down Taiwan plant amid regulatory battle," Reuters, September 30, 2016
- "EPA overturns Changhua’s Formosa Chemicals ruling," Taipei Times, November 26, 2017
- Changhua plant, Events in Focus, July 14, 2018
- "台化申請國賠 彰縣府二度拒絕," 中國時報, February 22, 2019
- "台化提國賠民事訴訟," 首次開庭, June 7, 2019
- "台化彰化廠改賣「台塑牛排」 觀光工廠試營運," Liberty Times Net, August 10, 2018
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