A fire that consumed around one hundred meters of a coal conveyor belt at the Taichung Power Plant this morning is now under control and power supplies will not be affected according to state power supplier Taipower today, Thursday, June 10.
According to reports, the conveyor belt began to emit smoke and flames shortly after 7:00 am. A total of 11 fire fighting appliances and 24 personnel were dispatched from the onsite fire station, and four other surrounding stations.
The intensity of the fire caused the conveyor system, which carries coal from the coal unloading facility to the storage area, to collapse.
The thick, black smoke was visible from many kilometers away.
It is suspected that the fire may have been caused by friction causing accumulated coal dust to ignite. A complete investigation will begin once the fire is completely extinguished.
Taipower said that electricity supplies will not be affected as there are sufficient supplies of coal for 15 days.
The coal-fired Taichung Power Plant has a power generation capacity of 5,500 megawatts. It is the fourth largest power plant in the world, and bears the distinction of being the world largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
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