Power plant shutdown leads to island-wide rolling blackouts

An accident at the Kaohsiung City Xingda (Hsinta) thermal power plant caused island-wide rolling blackouts this afternoon, Thursday, May 13.

Executive Yuan spokesperson Luo Bin-cheng said today (13) that the Xingda Power Plant has been shut down due to an accident and the power supply capacity of the system is insufficient. It is expected that the emergency rolling power outages will be implemented at 3 pm today. Taipower will do its best to repair it. And report to the public after finding out the reason.

Luo Bin-cheng added that the government has grasped the situation and asked citizens to remain calm, not to panic, and also asked the public not to believe or pass on unconfirmed or false information.

President Tsai Ing-wen took to Facebook to inform the public that some units of the Kaohsiung Xingda Power Plant were shut down due to a power grid accident, resulting in power outages in different parts of the country. The situation is under control and urgent repairs are being undertaken.

Taipei City Fire Department said that 28 cases of people trapped in elevators have been reported as of 3:30 pm.

Taipower advised customers to refer to their website for further updates, but many people reported that the website was unavailable.

blacked out press conference
The press conference of the Central Epidemic Control Center blacked out at 3:17 pm.
blacked out shopping mall
Hsinchu Big City shopping mall was plunged into darkness at around 3:00 pm.
text message notification of power outage
Text message sent at 2:47 pm notifying public of power outages due to accident at power station.
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