FACTS: Taiwan’s electric power industry looking toward LNG as fuel source

Taiwan’s gas demand is growing as electric power generators turn away from nuclear sources in favor of LNG, said Fesharaki Associates Consulting & Technical Services Inc. (FACTS).In 2004, gas-fired power plants accounted for 10% of Taiwan’s electric generation. Gas demand growth will come from the new Tatan power plant and also from new independent power producers (IPPs), FACTS analysts Douglas Chun and Alexis Aik said in a July research report. Taiwan Power Co.’s 4,272-Mw Tatan plant is expected to require 1.68 million tonnes/year of LNG. Smaller IPPs also will increase gas demand. A government mandate requires that Taiwan’s IPPs build gas-fired combined-cycle...

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