Taiwan expects to boost its gas power capacity to 25 GW by 2030, an increase of 67 per cent.

The island’s minister of economic affairs Shih Yen-shiang made the prediction at a ceremony to mark the 100th shipment of liquefied natural gas delivered to Taichung Harbour.

Shih told Taiwan’s Central News Agency that sourcing, transporting and storing natural gas was top of the government’s energy agenda, so plans were in place to build more storage tanks and transport pipelines.

State-owned CPC Corp, which imports all of Taiwan’s LNG, is to build three further 160,000-cubic-metre tanks at Taichung terminal.

Taiwan imported 8 million mt of LNG in the first eight months of this year, an 8.64 per cent increase on the same period in 2010.

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