Talin power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Talin power station (臺灣電力大林發電廠), also known as Dalin power station, is a 2,600-megawatt (MW) (1,600 MW coal-fired and 1,000 MW gas-fired) power plant in Taiwan that currently runs on coal and natural gas.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Kaohsiung.

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Talin power station is located in an industrial area at the southern end of the Kaohsiung Port in Taiwan. Development on the station began in 1956. The station consists of the following units:[1]

  • Units 1 & 2 (300 MW each), fueled by coal, retired in 2012;
  • Units 3 & 4 (375 MW each), fueled by fuel oil, retired in 2017;
  • Units 5 & 6 (500 MW each), fueled by natural gas and oil.

Description of Expansion: Units 7-8

Talin's units 1 and 2 were replaced by two 800 MW ultra-supercritical units (units 7-8).[1] The construction permit was given on October 25, 2011, by the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the units were scheduled for commercial operation in July 2016 and July 2017, respectively.[2]

In May 2012, Japan's IHI Corporation, CTCI Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation were jointly awarded the contract for engineering, procurement, and construction of two ultra-supercritical units.[3]

The two units were planned for operation in 2018.[4] The units were both commissioned in 2018.[5]

Units 9-10

As of July 2014, Taipower's website stated that it originally planned for four new ultra supercritical coal-fired units of 800 MW each (units 7-10) to replace all five of the older units. However, only two new units received environmental clearance (units 7-8); the company did not say if it would continue to pursue the additional two units.[6][7]

Accidents and Blackouts

There have been various incidences at the power station. For example, on May 29, 2016, two workers were killed and five others injured when the scaffolding used by them for construction work collapsed.[8]

In March 2017, a construction worker was found dead at the plant site, and is believed to have fallen.[9]

In March 2018, a construction worker fell off a crane to his death.[10]

In March 2022, a Taipower equipment malfunction led to twelve hours of power outages across Taiwan. The power grid lost a third of its capacity, and the Talin station was amongst those that went offline. According to reports, the incident was caused by human error.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Taipower
  • Parent company: Government of Taiwan
  • Location: Hsiaokang District, Kaohsiung City
  • Coordinates: 22.537, 120.335 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 600 MW[12]
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired, 300 MW (start-up 1969, retired in 2012)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired, 300 MW (start-up 1970, retired in 2012)
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 2,600 MW
    • Unit 5: Gas-fired[12] combined-cycle[13], 500 MW[12] (start-up in 1975)[12]
    • Unit 6: Gas-fired[12] combined-cycle[13], 500 MW[12] (start-up in 1996)[12]
    • Unit 7: Coal-fired, 800 MW (start-up in 2018)[12]
    • Unit 8: Coal-fired, 800 MW (start-up in 2019)[12]
  • Gross generating capacity (cancelled): 1,600 MW
    • Unit 9: 800 MW
    • Unit 10: 800 MW
  • Coal Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Coal Source: China, Indonesia, Australia
  • Source of financing:

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