Third-phase water rationing measures are to be postponed for a week in Kaohsiung as the Gaoping River’s (高屏溪) water level is above the low-warning level, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday.
“If there is sufficient water in the Gaoping River, we should use it instead of letting it flow into the ocean,” Water Resources Agency Chief Secretary Lai Chien-hsin (賴建信) said by telephone.
Lai said that unlike Taoyuan and New Taipei City, which have the Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫) to store additional water, Kaohsiung relies heavily on the unstable flow of the Gaoping River.
“If we are not using the water when it has sufficient flow, then we are wasting it,” he added.
Lai said that even if the third-phase water rationing measures are implemented in Kaohsiung, the ministry would suspend the measures with immediate effect when the river’s flow rises above 8.1 cubic meters per second.
Given the nature of Kaohsiung’s water supply, the ministry would review and announce water rationing measures on a weekly basis, Lai said.
The third-phase water rationing measures would affect 965,000 people, including 2,959 industrial users, the ministry said.
The Industrial Development Bureau said most of the industrial users accepted the ministry’s decision that it would announce water supply policy on a weekly basis, as the decision suggests that third-phase water rationing measures would not be in force for long stretches of time.
While third-phase water rationing measures have not yet been implemented in Kaohsiung, the government has cut 10 percent from the daily water supply to industrial users.
The ministry said it previously planned to implement third-phase rationing in Kaohsiung on Monday, but it delayed a decision on whether to implement the measures until a meeting on Friday next week.
Separately, state-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) yesterday said it would cut the wholesale price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) this month to reflect declining costs due to falling shipping rates and the appreciation of the New Taiwan dollar against the US dollar.
Effective today, prices for household LPG are to drop by NT$0.6 per kilogram and NT$0.4 per liter for LPG used in cars, CPC said in a statement.
After the adjustments, the new price for household LPG is NT$24.96 per kilogram, while the price for a 20kg household gas cylinder is to be cut by NT$12, CPC said.
The wholesale price for LNG is to decline 7.92 percent on average, it said. The new price for household LNG is NT$14.31 per cubic meter.
South Korea would avoid capitalizing on China’s ban on a US chipmaker, seeing the move by Beijing as an attempt to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington, a person familiar with the situation said. The South Korean government would not encourage its memorychip firms to grab market share in China lost by Micron Technology Inc, which has been barred for use in critical industries by Beijing on national security grounds, the person said. China is the biggest market for South Korea semiconductor firms Samsung Electronics Co and SK Hynix Inc and home to some of their factories. Their operations in China
GEOPOLITICAL RISKS: The company has a deep collaboration with TSMC, but it is also open to working with Samsung Electronics Co and Intel Corp, Nvidia’s CEO said Nvidia Corp, the world’s biggest artificial intelligence (AI) GPU supplier, yesterday said that it is diversifying its supply chain partners in order to enhance supply chain resilience amid geopolitical tensions. “All of our supply chain is designed for maximum diversity and redundancy so that we can have resilience. Our company is very big and so we have a lot of customers depending on us. And so our supply chain resilience is very important to us. We manufacture in as many places as we can,” Nvidia founder and chief executive officer Jensen Huang (黃仁勳) said in response to a reporter’s question in
DIVERSIFICATION: The chip designer expects new non-smartphone products to be available next year or in 2025 as it seeks new growth engines to broaden its portfolio MediaTek Inc (聯發科) yesterday said it expects non-mobile phone chips, such as automotive chips, to drive its growth beyond 2025, as it pursues diversification to create a more balanced portfolio. The Hsinchu-based chip designer said it has counted on smartphone chips, power management chips and chips for other applications to fuel its growth in the past few years, but it is developing new products to continue growing. “Our future growth drivers, of course, will be outside of smartphones,” MediaTek chairman Rick Tsai (蔡明介) told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in Hsinchu City. “As new products would be available next year
BIG MARKET: As growth in the number of devices and data traffic accelerates, it will not be possible to send everything to the cloud, a Qualcomm executive said Qualcomm Inc is betting the future of artificial intelligence (AI) will require more computing power than what the cloud alone can provide. The world’s largest maker of smartphone processors is transitioning from a communications company into an “intelligent edge computing” firm, Qualcomm senior vice president Alex Katouzian said. The edge in question is the mobile device that a user taps to access a network or service, and Katouzian used his time headlining one of the major keynote events at the Computex show in Taipei to make the case for how big a market that would be. The US company’s chips help smartphones harness