EPA approved revised LNG terminal plan
Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has passed a proposal to build aliquefied natural gas terminal near an algal reef off the coast of Taoyuan.
The decision comes after the proposal cleared the environmental impact assessment process.
The terminal is being built by CPC, and the state-refiner says the project will "maximize protection for the algal reef while minimizing the impact on Taiwan's energy supply."
CPC first announced plans to build the terminal in 2019 but environmental groups opposed the project amid concerns it could harm the 27-kilometre algal reef.
However, the cabinet has since revised the original proposal and the terminal will be built some 450 meters further away from the coast.
Deputy Economic Minister Tseng Wen-sheng says the liquefied natural gas terminal will play a vital role in stabilizing Taiwan's energy supply, as the country moves toward reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to renewable energy sources.
The terminal is expected to start operations in 2025.