Rumor: TSMC relocates Taiwanese 2nm factory due to water shortages and environmental reasons

Last September, we wrote that TSMC would consider building an additional production facility for its 2nm nodes. The location on TSMC’s campus in Hsinchu is said to have already been reserved, but now the Taiwanese United Daily News that the second 2nm factory may be elsewhere.

Plans around the second location were said to have been halted because the company wanted to reduce its water use in the region. The water reserves, which come from the Taichung region south of Hsinchu, would be exhausted. The government requires that water consumption be reduced by 18%, from 120,000 cubic meters per day to 98,000 cubic meters per day. The rest of the required amount must come from recycled sources. By 2030, all water must come from sustainable sources. TSMC aims to achieve electricity consumption entirely from renewable sources by 2050.

In addition, the factory in Taichung would be located on a site where an old factory of the PetroChina oil refinery can be found. The land on which the factory stands be heavily polluted, which means that an expensive and time-consuming remediation process has to be started. That would make him be moved to Kaohsiung in the south of the country. TSMC has no comment yet on UDN.

Sources: United Daily News, (2), (3)


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