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Coal power plants shelved for at least three years

Tanutam Thawan

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The Thai Ministry of Energy has decided to put on hold two coal-fired power plant projects in Krabi and Thepa district of Songkhla for three years pending additional environmental and health impacts assessments and environmental impact studies.

Energy Minister Siri Chirapongphan says the ministry would inform the cabinet its decision to put off the two controversial projects and, at the same time, propose its revised power development plan for consideration in March.

He says that the postponement of implementation of the two coal-fired power plant projects for three years wouldn’t worsen the electricity situation in the southern region in the short term which, currently, has to rely on an addition of 17 percent power supply from other regions to offset the shortage.

The two coal-fired power plant projects, especially the one planned for Thepa district of Songkhla, has met with stiff resistance from local residents and NGOs, claiming that it will threaten the environment and ruin their livelihood.

Coal power plants shelved for at least three years | News by Thaiger

Thai PBS reports that there are two things that will have to happen to maintain electricity supply in the south during the next three years as other solutions are investigated…

Firstly, the upgrading and increasing of the high-tension transmission power lines linking the two main power plants in Khanom and Jana with a combined production capacity of 2,400 megawatts with the cities along the Andaman coast that consume high amount of electricity.

Secondly, development of transmission lines to supply up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity to the southern region by the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand coupled with the construction of three more bio-mass power plants in the South which will generate a combined amount of 300 megawatts of biomass electricity on top of the current supply of 100 megawatts from bio-mass power
plants.

Currently, the entire southern region consumes up to 2,600 megawatts of electricity which local supply amounts to 2,000 megawatts, hence the need of more power supply from outside sources.

Coal power plants shelved for at least three years | News by Thaiger

ORIGINAL REPORT: Thai PBS

 

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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