UK and Taiwan to strengthen energy sector trade links

The UK and Taiwan are to strengthen trade links in key sectors such as energy. International Trade Minister Greg Hands and Taiwanese Vice-Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang agreed last week to improve international dialogues in fields like biotechnology and clean power generation. Trade between the nations grew to £5.35 billion last year and is […]

Massive blackout revives nuclear energy discussions in Taiwan

A blackout which affected around 6.6 million homes and businesses in Taiwan last week has revived discussions around nuclear energy. It was caused by a blunder at the nation’s biggest gas-fired power plant on 15th August, following which Economy Minister Chih-Kung Lee resigned. The incident at CPC Corporation’s Tatan power plant, which accounts for almost […]

EU imposes China, Taiwan with steel anti-dumping duties

The European Commission has decided to impose anti-dumping measures on two steel products from China and Taiwan. Its investigation confirmed Chinese and Taiwanese stainless steel tube and pipe butt-welding fittings had been sold in Europe at dumped prices. The products are used to join pipes and tubes of stainless steel and are commonly used in […]

Taiwan nuclear reactor ‘shut down after fire’

A reactor at a nuclear power plant in Taiwan has reportedly been forced to shut down after a fire broke out yesterday. Reports claim the fire at the 951MW Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung County was caused by a short-circuited transformer. It was said to have been put out by the plant’s own firefighters […]

Taiwan Government ‘to halt fourth nuclear plant build’

The Government of Taiwan reportedly said it would stop construction work at its fourth nuclear plant as local opposition continues to increase. Reports claim the government agreed that after the safety inspection process has been completed for reactor one, it wouldn’t go into operation but would be sealed off while construction on the second reactor […]

Taiwan and Mongolia sign renewable energy deal

Taiwan and Mongolia have signed an agreement to collaborate in the field of renewable energy generation. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the two nations will initially work on solar PV, wind power, energy audits and energy efficiency management. The agreement is expected to help Taiwan’s renewable energy businesses “obtain sites that satisfy the international standards […]

Nuked out! Parliamentary punch-up in Taiwan

Punches and bottles of water were thrown in Taiwan’s parliament today during talks on whether to continue building a new nuclear power station. Chaos broke out in the parliament building while politicians were due to vote on whether to hold a referendum on plans for a fourth nuclear plant. Two reactors at the new Lungmen […]

Taiwan to explore oil and gas in South China Sea

Taiwan plans to start exploring for oil and gas in the South China Sea starting next year. Reports claim the Government announced a budget of Tw$17 million (£363,000) has been set aside to kick off exploration in the sea around Taiping Island although details are yet to be confirmed. Taiwan currently imports around 98% of […]

Taiwan’s nuclear plans despite protests

Taiwan has plans to increase its capacity of nuclear power in the next few years despite public protests and hostility within its Government. A new report by GlobalData claims the country is set to boost its nuclear capacity from 5,190MW last year to 7,790MW by 2015 following its plans to construct the Lungmen power plant […]

US lags behind China in race for cleantech

The USA lags behind its rival China in the race for clean energy technology, according to a new report called the ‘Clean Economy, Living Planet’, which ranks 25 countries based on their 2011 sales. The United Kingdom came eleventh in the rankings for 2011, up one place from the previous year. China had the biggest […]