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.
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