Newspaper article China Post

This Was the Single Mistake That Cut Power to 6.68 Million Households

Newspaper article China Post

This Was the Single Mistake That Cut Power to 6.68 Million Households

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Tuesday's massive blackout occurred after staff failed to switch the computerized valve switch to manual control when replacing a power supply unit, according to state-run oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan.

CPC Chairman Chen Chin-te ([...]) held a news conference on Wednesday to announce the preliminary findings of a probe into the blackout that affected 6.68 million households the day before.

Because of the oversight, the new power unit caused the valves to shut automatically, disrupting the supply of natural gas to Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) and making it impossible for Tatan Power Plant to operate, Chen said.

He told reporters that the supply valves closed at 4:48 p.m. and reopened at 4:52 p.m. and that the supply of natural gas was entirely cut off for about two minutes.

Although the error was made by a subcontracted employee, CPC staff on the site failed to provide proper supervision, he said.

Chen said CPC accepted complete responsibility for the incident and would pay full compensation to Taipower, which is prepared to reimburse households affected by the power outage. …

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