State-run CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) said yesterday that because of Typhoon Morakot, 35 CPC-owned gas stations were shut down temporarily, while four of its industrial clients in Kaohsiung and Pingtung Counties experienced liquid natural gas (LNG) outages.
Aside from these disturbances, the rest of the oil refiner’s facilities were operating as usual.
CPC chairman Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) held an emergency meeting yesterday to assess the post-typhoon situation and offered a direct assistance line (0800-036-188) to local governments and rescue teams should they require immediate fuel relief.
In a statement issued yesterday, CPC said it would resume services gradually at its 35 gas stations.
As to the 10-inch natural gas pipeline running beneath Kaoping River (高屏溪) that ripped apart yesterday morning, affecting four industrial customers, CPC has delegated other vendors to supply substitute LNG in the meantime.
Moreover, CPC increased its natural gas production capacity during this time of crisis to provide uninterrupted service to other consumers.
In related news, as ordered by Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chii-ming (尹啟銘), CPC will delay its fuel price adjustment by one week to Friday to minimize disruptions following the typhoon.
CPC’s price for a liter of 98-octane unleaded gasoline will remain at NT$30.5 for another week. The price of 95-octane unleaded gasoline will stay at NT$29.0 and 92-octane unleaded gasoline will stay at NT$28.3 per liter. Diesel is NT$25.7 per liter.