CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) yesterday said it plans to allocate more than NT$200 billion (US$6.44 billion) for capital expenditure over the next six years to expand its natural gas business.
“The capital spending would mainly be used for establishing the company’s third liquefied natural gas terminal and constructing natural gas infrastructure in the nation,” CPC chairman Derek Chen (陳金德) told a news conference in Taipei.
The state-run oil refiner plans to spend NT$60.8 billion on a new terminal in Taoyuan for storing natural gas, which is scheduled to start operations before 2023 with an estimated annual capacity of 3 million tonnes.
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“The [terminal] plan follows the government’s long-term goal of a nuclear-free homeland, and we expect the terminal to meet demand for natural gas in northern Taiwan,” Chen said.
The plan would require the approval of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Executive Yuan, company officials said.
On Thursday last week, Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電), the nation’s main utility, said it was working on a project to build natural gas storage facilities at two coal-fired power plants in Taichung and Keelung, which are expected to be completed by 2025 when the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government’s nuclear-free homeland policy is scheduled to take effect.
In an effort to ensure a stable supply of energy, CPC is also planning to improve its infrastructure, including enlarging its natural gas plant in Taichung and building several onshore natural gas pipelines nearby, Chen said.
“The new infrastructure in Taichung is expected to lend support to the Tongxiao natural gas power plant in Miaoli County, which is operated by Taipower,” Chen said.
CPC will also allocate NT$38.4 billion for the renewal of facilities at its Taoyuan refinery to help produce higher=-quality products and reduce air pollution.
However, the renewal plan has been suspended since 2006, as area residents are concerned about potential pollution and want CPC to relocate the refinery, a CPC official said.
The official, who declined to be named, said that the company hopes to obtain the development permit by the end of this year, without giving a detailed timetable.
CPC yesterday also announced land reclamation plans for a new storage center at Kaohsiung Port (高雄港), which would cost nearly NT$53.6 billion.
It said it plans to integrate more than 300 existing storage tanks and pipelines in the new center to improve transportation efficiency.
The storage center is scheduled to start operations before 2024, it said.
The company is also looking for a partner for a joint venture to manufacture styrene and isononyl alcohol, in response to the government’s push for a circular economy, CPC said.
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