Hsinta power station

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Hsinta power station (臺灣電力興達發電廠) in Taiwan, also known as the Hsing-ta, Singda, or Xingda power station, has 4,325 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity (2,100 MW coal-fired and 2,225 MW gas-fired).[1]


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Hsinta, on the south side of Hsinta (Xingda) Port.

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Hsinta power station is a coal- and gas-fired power station. The coal units consist of two 500 MW and two 550 MW units built from 1982 to 1986. It is owned by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower), and is located in Hsinta, Kaohsiung County.[2][3]

Coal-fired Units 1 and 2 are expected to be decommissioned in 2023 and coal-fired Units 3 and 4 are scheduled to be decommissioned in 2026. They are planned to be replaced by three new natural gas generating units of 390 MW each.[4]

In November 2018, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said units 1-2 would be retired in 2023 and units 3-4 in 2024.[5] In June 2019, it was reported that units 3-4 would be put on standby in 2024 and used only when needed, with priority given to gas-fired power.[6]

There are currently 5 combined cycle units of 445 MW each at the site, all fueled by natural gas and operating since 1998-1999.[7] These 5 units are expected to be decommissioned from 2026 to 2027.

As of December 2020, three new combined cycle units totaling 3,900 MW were planned and expected be commissioned from 2023-2026. [8][9]

In April 2021, in response to a public protest in Kaohsiung, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) confirmed Taipower plans to decommission all four coal-fired generators at the Hsinta plant in five years' time: The No. 1 and 2 coal-fired generators are scheduled to be decommissioned in 2023 and replaced with gas, and the No. 3 and 4 generators will be reserved for emergency use after new natural gas-powered units go online in 2024, and will be decommissioned at the end of 2025. At the public protest, demonstrators called for the coal-fired units to be decommissioned immediately, noting they had been a major source of air pollution in the city for decades.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Taiwan Power Company (Taipower)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Hsinta, Kaohsiung County
  • Coordinates: 22.85577, 120.197167 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 2,100 MW (Units 1-2: 500 MW, Units 3-4: 550 MW)
  • Gross generating capacity (existing): 4,325 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired, 500 MW (start-up in 1982)[7]
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired, 500 MW (start-up in 1983)[7]
    • Unit 3: Coal-fired, 550 MW (start-up in 1985)[7]
    • Unit 4: Coal-fired, 550 MW (start-up in 1986)[7]
    • Unit CC1-CC5: Gas-fired combined-cycle, 445 MW per unit (Units 1-4 start-up in 1998, Unit 5 start-up in 1999)[7]
  • Gross generating capacity (proposed): 3,900 MW[11]
    • New 1: Gas-fired combined-cycle, 1,300 MW (start-up in 2023)
    • New 2: Gas-fired combined-cycle, 1,300 MW (start-up in 2024)
    • New 3: Gas-fired combined-cycle, 1,300 MW (start-up in 2026)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 1982-1986
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