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Taiwan chip industry's energy appetite draws Japan investment

JERA and partners to spend $900m to expand gas-fired power plant

JERA will expand the Fong Der Power Station in Tainan, southern Taiwan, at a total investment of about 100 billion yen ($912.74 million). (Photo courtesy of JERA)

TOKYO -- JERA, a joint venture owned equally by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power, will develop a gas-fired power plant in Taiwan to take advantage of growing demand for cleaner energy on the island.

A local affiliate in which JERA has a 19.5% stake won a bid in June to expand the Fong Der Power Station of Taiwan Power, the island's public utility. New investment at the plant will total about 100 billion yen ($912.74 million). Other stakeholders in the affiliate include Taiwan Cogeneration and others.

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