EGAT explains to the media the need of power plant development in southern provinces for the power system security

          During a media tea-table talk, EGAT’s three deputy governors clearly said clean coal technology really exists. New power plants in the southern provinces are needed to support the power system security and drive the economic growth, while the global warming mitigation target will be surely reached.

          On January 19, 2017, EGAT opened its house for media tea-table talk on EGAT operation in 2017. Mr. Saharath Boonpotipukdee, Deputy Governor to the Office of the Governor and EGAT spokesperson, Mr. Kijja Sripatthangkura, Deputy Governor – Policy and Planning, and Mr. Wiwat Chancherngpanich, Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development joined this casual talk at Room 202, Office of the Governor’s Building, EGAT Head Office, Nonthaburi.

          Mr. Saharath Boonpotipukdee said that Power Development Plan 2015 emphasizes the balance of generation mix together with environmental impact mitigation, that contributes to the development of clean coal technology and renewable power plants. The plan complies with greenhouse gas reduction measures with the aim to increase the renewable power share. According to Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP) 2015, renewable power capacity will be raised from 513.91 MW to 2,000.90 MW by 2036. However, energy balance is still the main strategy for power system security. Coal power plants do not only support the security of power system but also maintain the reasonable cost of electricity for Thai people and competitive price with neighboring countries.

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          “the local people in the site of power plant development have participated in the public hearing since 2014. They once submitted the name list of those who support the power plant development to the Ministry of Energy and related organizations and have shared their opinions via social media that they want the project to start soon,” said Mr. Saharath Boonpotipukdee

          Mr. Kijja Sripatthangkura said the new power plants under PDP 2015 and under EGAT’s responsibility are Krabi and Thepa power plants that will help meet the electricity demand of Southern Thailand. The annual demand growth in the southern region is 4.5-5%, which is higher than the annual average growth of the country at 2-3 %, while the current power capacity in southern provinces is 3,000 MW which is a little higher than the demand at 2,700. The current capacity cannot fully operate because of condition of some hydropower plants. Moreover, as the southern provinces need the electric power supplied from the central region, when there is additional capacity in the area, the local system security will be strengthened.

          “The southern region needs the new power plants as its economy keeps growing especially tourism sector. Without the stable system of electricity, the impact will be dramatic. At the same time with the Government’s Thailand 4.0 in which a lot of projects will be developed in the southern provinces, new power plants are really needed,” said Mr. Kijja Sripatthangkura

          Mr. Wiwat Chancherngpanich ensured the potential of clean coal technology and said that the coal power plant development project helps the country to reduce its dependence on natural gas. With Ultra – Supercritical technology which is also widely used in USA, Germany, Japan, and Malaysia, environmental quality management will be better than the regulation. Moreover, mercury removal (ACI) will be installed to enhance the community’s confidence. The communities in the vicinity of the power plants will get the benefit from the power development fund that will be spent to develop the area as well.

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          For CO2 reduction target, Mr. Wiwat Chancherngpanich said that according to PDP 2015, CO2 emission target in 2030 will be 0.342 kilograms per unit which is better that the previous one at 0.385 kilograms per unit, while the target at the end of 2036 will decrease to 0.319 kilograms per unit. As coal power plant projects exist in PDP 2015, they are a part of the target. With the modern technology, less coal will be used, and more emissions will be removed efficiently.

          Moreover, EGAT supports the Government’s policy and commitment to the Paris Agreement in COP 21 in which Thailand submitted its CO2 emissions target of 7-20% under BAU by 2020. EGAT is responsible for reducing CO2 emissions by 5.4 million tons carbon dioxide equivalents by implementing measures of electricity generation from renewable power and efficiency improvement of power plants. After 2030, EGAT will further reduce more CO2 emission which is targeted at 12 million ton equivalents.

          For the progression of Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU), the National Energy Policy Council approves the infrastructure building on December 8, 2016 to support 3 projects of LNG import. One of them is FSRU project in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand to supply the fuel to North Bangkok and South Bangkok power plants. The investment budget is expected at 24,500 million baht, and the natural gas will be supplied in 2024.