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Rival companies under conflict over geothermal project in Yilan County, Taiwan

Yilan, Taiwan (source: flickr/ Emilie Chen, creative common)
Carlo Cariaga 12 Sep 2019

Two companies are vying for control of the Chingshui geothermal project in Yilan County, Taiwan

Former Taiwan Environmental Protection Union chairman Kao Cheng-Yan has accused the Yilan County Government of favoring another company to take control of the Chingshui geothermal project in Yilan County, Taiwan.

Generating power from an old well drilled by CPC Corp. in the hopes of finding petroleum, Kao’s company is operating on a lease contract which is scheduled to end today. Although Kao said that he was promised that his contract until the end of next year, no extension has been granted yet.

The Yilan County Government has awarded a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract for the Chingshui geothermal project to another company about three years ago. This new contract can result in project which has the potential to generate up to 250 kW of power. On the other hand, the older facility by Kao only has a capacity of 150 kW.

Kao Cheng-Yan has called for an investigation into this situation.

Source: Taipei Times