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Taiwan's frequent blackouts expose vulnerability of tech economy

Dozens of power outages in two months reveal creaking infrastructure

Taiwan is enduring frequent electricity outages this summer, exposing the vulnerability of the power supply in Asia's most important chipmaking hub. (File photo by Reuters)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan is enduring frequent electricity outages this summer, exposing the vulnerability of the power supply in Asia's most important chipmaking hub.

Between July 1 and Aug. 29, the island has witnessed 22 power outages affecting 1,000 households or more, with the worst hitting 17,000, according to Nikkei Asia's analysis of disclosures from state-owned Taiwan Power Co. A further eight hit anywhere from 44 to 962 homes. The most frequent causes given for these incidents -- which come amid historically high temperatures -- include malfunctions of feedlines, power transformers and high-voltage cables.

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