EGAT builds electricity business cooperation with China

          Director of the National Energy Administration, China visited EGAT to strengthen relationship and exchange views on electricity business. The Director said China has supported renewable energy development and committed to Paris Agreement but does not have the policy to give up coal use for power generation, instead the more modern and cleaner technology will substitute the old one.

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          On July 5, 2016 Mr. Kornrasit Pakchotanon, EGAT Governor and senior executives welcomed Mr. Nur Bekri, Director of the National Energy Administration and Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission and the team who came for view exchange on electric power between two countries on July 5-7, 2017 at North Bangkok Power Plant, Nonthaburi.

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          EGAT Governor said that at present Chinese utilities have worked with EGAT to develop power projects such as small hydropower plants and transmission system. Moreover, China has welcomed EGAT personnel to visit and study nuclear power plants in china for many generations. The Governor hoped that this meeting was the great floor to discuss on electricity generation technology and future cooperation for power development both in Thailand and ASEAN such as Myanmar and Laos.

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          The Governor also gave an explanation on EGAT and Ministry of Energy’s plan to increase the share of electricity generated from renewable energy to mitigate global warming in parallel with fuel diversification including coal use for the future security of power system.

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          The Director of the National Energy Administration said that Thailand and China have electricity cooperation for a long time and China will be gladly to further maintain this great relationship. As the two countries have the shared goal of power generation development for the countries’ security and good quality of life of people, it is necessary for knowledge exchange on electric power. China is really pleased to support Thailand for training and study on nuclear and coal power plants in china. Last but not least, China is ready for cooperation on the interconnection between China and EGAT which will bring the benefits to the 2 countries.

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          Mr. Nur Bekri further said that China’s coal share for electricity generation accounts for 62%. China cannot stop using coal for power generation but will use modern technology to reduce the emissions as committed to Paris Agreement. The Chinese Government has closed the old coal power plants and sets the regulations for the new and existing ones to use clean coal technology, which reduces emissions and improves generation efficiency in the way that using less coal to produce more power. Some of China’s coal-fired power plants emit less particles than gas-fired power plants.

          For the view on renewable energy, Mr. Nur Bekri sees that renewable energy development is good for environment, but some power, like a 200 MW solar farm, needs the big space that can suit a 2,000-4,000 MW nuclear power plant. In other words, the solar farm needs the big space but generates small power. In the future, the space in Thailand will be smaller as it is occupied by the growing population. Therefore, to construct any power plant, many factors need to be considered.

          After the discussion, the Director and his team also visited the North Bangkok Power Plant’s control room.