EGAT measures for JDA-A18 gas supply disruption

          Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) revealed that as PTT will take 10-14 days to solve the disruption of Thai-Malaysia gas supply, EGAT measures are to run the power plants with oil, import power from Malaysia, and transmit power from the central part of Thailand during the peak demand to enhance the power system security in Southern provinces.

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          Mr. Suthon Boonprasong, Deputy Governor – Transmission said that PTT informed EGAT on June 24, 2016 about disruption of gas supply from JDA – A18. It was expected that 10-14 days would be required to solve the incident by July 12, 2017.

          The Deputy Governor further said that EGAT has changed the power generation plan in the Southern Thailand since Chana Power Plant Block 2 which uses natural gas as fuel needs to stop its operation. Chana Power Plant Block 1 and Krabi Power Plant were ordered to run the power plants with diesel and fuel oil, while EGAT has cooperated with PTT to supply more oil to the two power plants. The peak demand during the last week in the southern provinces which was around 2,350 MW was coped by power supply in the region around 1,800 MW, power import from Malaysia and from central Thailand around 500-600 MW. Since the power demand within 10-14 days is expected not to be higher than 2,500 MW, the power system security will still be maintained.

          “I would like the public, tourism industry, and industrial business in the southern provinces to help save energy until the situation will be back to normal,” said the Deputy Governor.