Linkou power station

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Linkou power station (臺灣電力林口發電廠) is a 2,400-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Taipei, Taiwan.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Linkou Township.

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The power station is operated by state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower). The original power station was 600 MW (2 X 300 MW) and commissioned in 1968.[1] On September 1, 2014, the two units were decommissioned.[2]

Description of Expansion

On September 1, 2011, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and CTCI Corporation received a full-turnkey order from Taipower to construct three coal-fired units - Units 1, 2 and 3, at 800 MW each - at Taipower's Linkou Thermal Power Plant. The three units would replace existing facilities at the plant. Units 1 and 2 were scheduled to commence commercial operation in November 2015 and November 2016, respectively; unit 3 was slated to go on-stream in November 2020,[3][4] although the company website listed the planned operation date for units 1 & 2 in January 2016 and January 2017, respectively, and unit 3 in January 2021.[5]

At the end of 2013, the company said the project was about 35% complete.[6]

In February 2016, unit 1 was suspended due to a ruptured pipe during testing. The unit was then planned to go into operation in summer 2016 and run at full capacity in summer 2017.[7]

In August 2016, Taipower said unit 1 was scheduled to become operational in October 2016, unit 2 in April 2017, and unit 3 by July 2019.[8]

In November 2016, it was reported that unit 1 was in commercial operation. With coal handling and storage facilities not yet completed, coal was being transported in trucks, so supplies remained insufficient.[9]

Unit 2 began commercial operation in March 2017.[10]

In 2018, unit 3 was under construction and planned for operation in 2019.[11][12]

According to Taipower, the new unit began commercial operation on October 24, 2019.[13][14]

Project Details for Linkou Renewal

  • Sponsor: Taipower
  • Parent company: Government of Taiwan
  • Location: Linkou Township, Taipei
  • Coordinates: 25.1209, 121.298 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 2,400 MW (Units 1-3: 800 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Start year:
    • Unit 1: 2016
    • Unit 2: 2017
    • Unit 3: 2019
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

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