Blackouts Reported Across Taiwan After Plant Outage

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  • Authorities said there was an outage at the Hsinta Power Plant in Kaohsiung at around 2:30pm. File image: Shutterstock

    Authorities said there was an outage at the Hsinta Power Plant in Kaohsiung at around 2:30pm. File image: Shutterstock

A rotational electricity blackout was implemented across Taiwan on Thursday following an outage at a major power plant, the government said.

President Tsai Ing-wen called for calm, saying the power supply would be gradually resumed as workers conducted emergency restoration work.

In a text alert sent to residents, authorities said Taiwan did not have enough electricity capacity in its grid, after an outage at the Hsinta Power Plant in the southern port city of Kaohsiung at around 2:30pm.

It said a rotational blackout would be implemented across the island as a result.

The official Central News Agency said many cities across Taiwan were suffering blackouts, including Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Yilan, Tainan and Kaoshiung.

Taiwan's electricity supplier Taipower said the outage was caused by a technical failure in the plant.

Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng urged people not to spread misinformation about the incident, adding that Taiwan's airports and high speed railway system had not been affected. (Additional reporting by Reuters)