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RUMORS ABOUT TSMC RELOCATION FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENT|傳3奈米計畫將轉美設廠 台積電否認

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-03-21
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Due to considerations of environmental evaluation, stable power sources and other factors it is reported that the TSMC 3 nano plan may be transferred to the US from Kaohsiung. Although TSMC said it currently has no plans to invest in the US, many feel that if the flagship Taiwan high-tech company relocates outside the country it may start a deluge of other companies following suit. On Mar. 20, the Executive Yuan said it would start a project group to solve the shortage of water and electricity so that cities with high tech companies could meet company requirements and eliminate their difficulties.

The location for TSMC most advanced 3 nano factory originally was in Kaohsiung's science park, with an investment of NT$5 billion. Now however, it is rumored that there are changes to the plan and the factory may be transferred to the US.

==CHEN CHU Kaohsiung City Mayor==
Our team at Kaohsiung City Government welcomes the flagship enterprise,TSMC to come to Kaohsiung.

Media reports that the factors for TSMC's change of plan include the time taken to complete environmental evaluation of the southern science park, which may not be able to accommodate its power requirements and thus have an unstable power supply, as well as the air quality in the south. The MOE said it will fully assist with concerns about the water shortage and the EPA said TSMC's environmental evaluation was complete and had been passed quickly. However, on air quality control it would understand where the difficulties lay and try to solve them.

==CHIU CHIU-HUI Dep, Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology==
TSMC is our baby, Taiwan can't be without TSMC, so the MOST and the Executive Yuan will make every effort and hope that it stays in Taiwan.

==SUN YOU-WEN TSMC Spokesperson==
We are not yet at the stage of setting up a factory, there are still many factors to consider and we are still in the evaluation stage.

MOST Minister Chen Liang-gee said that he spoke with TSMC Chair Chang Chong-mu by phone who emphasized that TSMC's first consideration was Taiwan and had no plans to invest in a factory the US.

TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR

考量環評時程、電力穩定等諸多變數,外傳台積電3奈米計畫,可能從高雄轉向美國設廠,雖然台積電表示目前沒有到美國投資的計畫,但外界認為,台積電是指標性大廠,一旦出走、恐怕引發後續骨牌效應,行政院今天表示、會啟動專案協助,解決缺水缺電問題,科技部也會掌握廠商需求,排除困難。

台積電最先進的3奈米設廠地點,原本打算在南科高雄園區路竹基地,投資金額高達5千億元,不過現在卻傳出、可能改變計畫,轉向到美國設廠。

==高雄市長 陳菊==
我們高雄市政府的團隊
非常歡迎台積電
這個非常有指標型的企業
能夠到高雄來

由於媒體報導,台積電政策大轉彎主要原因,是南科的環評作業完成時間,可能無法配合台積電需求,加上南部空氣環境、與電力供給不穩定情況下,影響設廠變數,有學者分析,這凸顯台灣投資環境不佳,一旦指標性大廠出走,恐怕引發後續骨牌效應。

對於台積電擔心的缺水缺電問題,經濟部表示會全力協助,環評部分,環保署認為,台積電過去環評審查,資料完整、通過環評速度快,但應考慮到空汙總量管制的問題,至於科技部則是強調,會掌握廠商需求,排除廠商困難。

==科技部產學司長 邱求慧==
它(台積電)是我們的寶貝
我們不能夠
台灣不能夠沒有台積電
所以我們不管是科技部也好
行政院也好
我們是全力一定是
希望它留在台灣

==台積電發言人 孫又文==
時間還沒有到嘛
要建一個廠
要考量的東西很多的
我們還在評估之中

此外科技部長陳良基、中午也特地與台積電董事長張忠謀電話聯繫,張忠謀在電話中強調,台積電目前規劃以投資台灣為優先,並沒有到美國投資設廠計畫。

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