A new combined heat and power gas-fired plant, designed to support increased power generation as part of Taiwan’s developing energy policy, has entered commercial operation. General Electric (GE) on Aug. 10 said the 535-MW Chia Hui facility, using GE’s advanced HA technology, is located in Minxiong Township in Chiayi County, the sixth-largest county in Taiwan.
The plant’s startup comes as Taiwan moves to reduce its use of coal-fired and nuclear power generation, while increasing gas-fired and renewable energy output.
The Chia Hui plant, in addition to providing electricity, also will produce steam for district heating for the Chiayi province. Officials on Tuesday cited the project as a “significant achievement in supporting Taiwan’s Renewable Energy Development Act (REDA) energy policy, which seeks to increase the gas-fired power ratio to 50% by year 2025.”