Taiwan Power makes CCS plans

Taiwan Power Co, the island’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, plans a trial carbon capture programme at its Taichung coal-fired station.

The utility, which produced 83Mt of CO2 in 2008, intends to capture 10,000t of CO2, from the plant by 2014, said Chief Engineer Tu Yueh-yuan. The carbon will injected into the seabed off Taiwan’s west coast for permanent storage.

President Ma Ying-jeou has pledged to cut greenhouse emissions in the nation to 2000 by 2025. The industrialised island releases around three time more heat-trapping gases per person than the world average.

Coal-fired plants generated around 39% of Taiwan’s electricity production in September, followed by 29% from gas-driven units and 19% from nuclear reactors. Oil and hydropower also contribute to its power generation mix.

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