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Taiwan, hit by power outage, aims to restore normal supply by evening

This undated photo shows a view of Taipei 101. (PHOTO / VCG)

Taiwan started phased blackouts islandwide on Thursday after an outage at a coal- and gas-fired power plant.

The world’s biggest contract chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, said some of its facilities suffered a “brief power dip”, but power had been restored after the outage at the power plant in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

Utility Taipower said more than six million homes were hit by the outage

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Several cities reported blackouts as “cabinet spokesman” Lo Ping-cheng appealed for calm.

All units of the Hsinta power plant in Kaohsiung were shut after an “incident”, Lo said, but did not give details or say what caused the outage.

Utility Taipower said more than six million homes were hit by the outage, which it blamed on a technical failure at the power plant.

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The blackouts will run in rotation until 4:40 pm (0840 GMT), it said, with a decision on any extensions to be made later.

The main international airport near Taipei and the high speed rail line were operating normally, the “transport ministry” said.

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