LNG terminal construction plan passes environmental impact evaluation

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LNG terminal construction plan passes environmental impact evaluation

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) A controversial proposal by state-run oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan to build the nation's third liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in Kuantan industrial zone, Taoyuan, passed an environmental impact evaluation Monday.

Seven out of 10 members of the environmental impact assessment committee reviewing the project, who attended a meeting called by the Environmental Protection Administration Monday, voted in favor of the plan, while two members cast void ballots.

The meeting chairman was excluded from the vote, which took place one hour after the meeting.

This was the fourth meeting since last month, but voting had been unable to proceed at two of those because of the lack of a quorum of committee members in attendance. In addition, the third meeting only attracted enough participants after the possibility of a vote was removed from the agenda.

The planned LNG terminal -- considered by the government to be a key step in its national energy security policy and plans to phase out nuclear power by 2025 -- could start operating by the first quarter of 2023 after passing the assessment on Monday.

The energy project is strongly opposed by local environmentalists who have argued for the conservation of an endemic species of crustose coralline algae on coastal reefs at the planned construction site.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Elizabeth Hsu)

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