Connect with us


Fewer island blackouts predicted



Fewer island blackouts predicted | Thaiger

PHUKET: The island’s residents are expected to suffer fewer electricity supply disruptions this year as power supply will be boosted to meet expected increases in demand, the head of the island’s electricity provider has reported.

Suthep Jitseree of the Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) said the successful introduction of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology to the island’s power grid has reduced blackouts by isolating power disruptions before they can spread.

The SCADA technology, which uses automatic switches to isolate disruptions, was installed in 2005 at a cost of 386 million baht, he said.

Total power usage in 2006 was 1.138 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), up about 5% from 2005. Usage is expected to increase another 6% by the end of 2007, K. Suthep said.

The number of users on the Phuket power grid continues to rise, from 107,445 in 2005 to 113,800 in 2006, an increase of about 6%.

The figures include power usage on the Koh Yao islands, which, though in Phang Nga province, fall under the PPEA’s service area, K. Suthep noted.

The grid’s peak output was increased from 183 megawatts (MW) to 235MW during 2006, an increase of more than 28%. The large increase mostly reflected ongoing repairs to the grid carried out after the tsunami. Peak output is expected to be increased by a further 10% by the end of 2007.

The PPEA currently operates four substations in Phuket – in Patong, at Srisoonthorn in Thalang, on Chao Fa West Rd, and on Thepkrasattri Rd in Phuket City. They have a combined output capacity of 413 megavolt amperes (MVA), K. Suthep said.

The PPEA is seeking to increase total output capacity by 100MVA by the end of 2009 and is looking for land in Karon and Thalang to site two new substations, he said.

In the longer term, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), which manages the PPEA, has announced a plan to build three 230KV substations on the island, with construction scheduled to begin in 2010. The first of these will be built in Koh Kaew, just north of Phuket City.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

World16 hours ago

Thai gangs traffic Kenyans to Myanmar scam factories

South17 hours ago

Deep South emergency decree extended 3 months

Thailand17 hours ago

Why Is Thailand So Cheap?

Sponsored2 days ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Expats18 hours ago

Phuket’s 5 best golf courses

Crime18 hours ago

Inmate who escaped Khon Kaen hospital back in custody

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 hours ago

Masks recommended in crowds amid Covid increase

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime20 hours ago

Squabbling beach vendor gives rival a single bullet warning

Tourism21 hours ago

Russian invasion takes Thailand’s tourism forces by surprise

Road deaths21 hours ago

Late night drinking hopes dashed by Alcohol Control Committee

Thailand22 hours ago

Why Pattaya? Is Pattaya worth visiting in 2023?

Transport22 hours ago

Thai Airways appoint new CEO

Crime23 hours ago

Private jet in ‘Tuhao’ case still flying free

Thailand2 days ago

Thailand News Today | FIFA threatens to pull plug on World Cup broadcast rights in Thailand

Press Room2 days ago

Iconic chef “Alain DUCASSE” returns to Bangkok for 3rd anniversary celebrations of Blue by Alain Ducasse

Koh Samui2 days ago

VIDEO: Naked Russian man walks around with erection in Koh Samui

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11