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One more blackout to come

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PHUKET TOWN: Following Tuesday’s island-wide blackout, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has said that there will be one more power outage when the last piece of work on a new, higher-capacity cable is completed. But neither Banlue Teerametawit, EGAT’s assistant governor for transmission construction, nor Rangsan Ammarin, an engineer with the authority, could say exactly when the final planned blackout will occur, or how long it will last. The final piece in the power puzzle, K. Rangsan explained, is a short stretch of cable just across the Sarasin Bridge, in Phang Nga, that must be replaced. EGAT is in negotiations with a landowner who is currently refusing to allow work to be done on his land, but hopes to have the work complete by September or October. Once that last piece of cable has been replaced, said K. Banlue, island-wide blackouts should be a thing of the past. “Up to now, there was only a 115-kilovolt line coming into the province,” he explained. “Any accident would black out the whole province. “EGAT has replaced [most of] that line with a new 230-kilovolt cable. This cable has a capacity of about 960 megawatts. Right now, Phuket only needs 120 megawatts,” he said. The authority has so far spent 700 million baht on new cable and equipment, according to K. Banlue. Phuket is the third-highest user of power in southern Thailand, after Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Songkhla.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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