EGAT confirms that Krabi and Thepa power plant projects are key to electricity system development in the southern provinces and the country

          Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) will follow the road map of Krabi and Thepa power plant development. Otherwise, the whole country must depend on the expensive natural gas. At the same time, EGAT will keep developing renewable energy especially biomass, for agriculturalists to earn extra income.

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          Mr. Kornrasit Pakchotanon, EGAT Governor, commented on the progress of Krabi power plant project that Tripartite Committee discussion was in the process to come up with the resolution which would be further submitted to the Prime Minister. For Thepa power plant project, the Expert Committee was in the process of considering the projects. Both projects were essential to generating capacity development in the Southern Thailand and the country.

          “Krabi and Thepa power plants are important for power development in the southern provinces where the demand has risen every year. If the country still relies a lot on the natural gas like the present while Krabi and Thepa power plant cannot be constructed, the natural gas import will be required more and more, which in the long term will raise up the electricity price,” said the Governor.

          For the case that Thap Sakae community proposed to the Ministry of Energy to construct the power plant in the area, EGAT Governor confirmed that EGAT did not have the plan to develop coal power plants or big power plants in Thap Sakae District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. EGAT had told the community in 2007 that it would not build the coal power plant in the area. However, if the community really needed the big power plant in this area in the future, it had to be under the policy of the Ministry of Energy. EGAT was ready to response to the policy and the requirement of the community both on the power plant development using the cleanest technology in commercial scale and local development

          Mr. Kornrasit Pakchotanon further said that most of the alternative energy development in the present was non-firm power plants. EGAT needed to provide base load power plants in the same proportion of renewable energy development, whose cost would become the burden on the electricity users, not on the renewable energy producers. As the Government policy promoted the renewable energy power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, EGAT would propose to the Minister to construct 1,500-2,000 MW renewable energy power plants, especially firm biomass power plants, which was the base load power plant and would further generate additional income for the agriculturalists. EGAT needed to consider its appropriate share to prevent electricity price crisis that happened in Germany and Denmark.