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Archaeological discovery halts construction of TSMC plant in Chiayi

06/18/2024 03:39 PM
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The construction site of one of two TSMC packaging plants in Chiayi, where construction is now halted. CNA photo June 17, 2024
The construction site of one of two TSMC packaging plants in Chiayi, where construction is now halted. CNA photo June 17, 2024

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Construction of a Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) packaging plant in the southern Taiwan county of Chiayi has been halted following the discovery of a suspected archaeological ruin, local authorities said Monday.

The apparent ruin was discovered at the end of May, during the construction of the first of two planned packaging plants using the sophisticated Chip on Wafer on Substrate (CoWoS) technology at the Chiayi Science Park.

In accordance with the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act, a review committee convened in early June and decided to halt construction of the fab as salvage plans are being made.

A TSMC spokesperson told CNA Monday that they will comply with laws and authorities on subsequent procedures.

Meanwhile, the Southern Taiwan Science Park Bureau said that they will assist TSMC with addressing the change of plans. Construction on the second advanced packaging plant in Chiayi is now being planned as a strategy to ensure that construction schedules will not be seriously affected, it said.

The Chiayi County Cultural and Tourism Bureau said it was decided during the review committee to monitor all future development projects.

The construction that excavated the ruin had begun in May and was one of TSMC's planned packaging plants using CoWoS technology in Chiayi. It was scheduled to begin production in 2028.

(By Chung Jung-Feng, Huang Guo-fang and Wu Kuan-hsien)

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