Taiwan Hit With Power Outage, Millions Of Households affected
State-run power operator announced on Thursday that power is gradually returning to the island’s south and 5 million homes after a failure at a major power producing facility triggered an outage.
Taipower, the company that runs the Hsinta power plant in Kaohsiung, south of Taipei, stated that it was bringing hydro and other power plants online to make up for a trip at an ultra-high-voltage substation.
About one-seventh of Taiwan’s power comes from a huge coal-fired plant.
Wang Mei-hua, China’s Economy Minister, told reporters, “I am very sorry for this major loss of electricity, and am extremely apologetic for the inconvenience caused, especially for the south,”
The cabinet’s spokesperson, Lo Ping-cheng, was asked if the facility had been hacked and said officials couldn’t rule out any cause.
All of this has to be proven or investigated further, which requires evidence.
Wang estimates that around 5 million households were affected by the outage, which reduced nearly a third of Taiwan’s power supply.
However, it was not immediately obvious what had caused the power outage in southern Taiwan, she said.
At the time of the outage, the backup power supply was at 24 percent, Wang said, adding that it was not the main cause of large outages in May, when Taiwan was battling drought.
The Hsinchu research park, home to numerous significant semiconductor businesses including TSMC, stated that it had not seen any disruptions.
There were reports of a brief dip in voltage in the morning in the southern Tainan Science Park, where TSMC also has facilities.
“Power dips,” according to TSMC, can last anywhere from 400 milliseconds to over a second at some of its facilities.
“The company is now checking if there is any actual impact,” it said.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and other northern Taiwanese cities were also without electricity. As quickly as possible, President Tsai Ing-wen has ordered a probe and the return of power.
It was announced that a webcast of Tsai’s meeting with former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Taipei had been cancelled.
Transport officials say normal service has been restored on the high-speed rail route between the north and the south after three trains were interrupted.
Tsai has promised to examine power management following last year’s two big outages, which drew criticism of the administration.