EGAT signed a memorandum of understanding on nuclear energy with China for the second consecutive year in order to exchange technical information on nuclear power plant and support the preparation of Thailand’s nuclear power plan.
Mr. Kornrasit Pakchotanon, EGAT Governor signed the renewal of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on nuclear energy with Mr. Shu Guogang, Senior Vice President of China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN). It is the second time the MOU was renewed; the first MOU was signed in 2009. The purpose is to exchange technical information on nuclear power plants and support the preparation of Thailand’s nuclear power plan. Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development, Mr. Norachai Limsirorat, Director of Power Plant Engineering Management and Nuclear Energy Division, Mr. Sompol Sooksom, Director of Electrical and Control System Engineering Division, and Mr. Attaporn Xuto, Director of Mechanical Engineering Division took part in the signing ceremony on December 28-30, 2017, at Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Plant, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.
On this occasion, the EGAT Governor and committee visited and observed the working process of the Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Plant where EGAT has been sending their officials to attend project progress meetings during the past year. The Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Plant divided its project development into three phases. The first phase, Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in January and October 2016. The second phase, Units 3 and 4 are being constructed and are expected to begin commercial operation in November 2021 and June 2022 respectively. The third phase is being planned.
Currently, there are 37 nuclear power plants commercially operating, 20 being constructed, and 60 being planned. Of the total power plants and projects, 50 percent is being implemented by CGN. Furthermore, CGN has established a construction joint venture for the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant with an installed capacity of 2 x 1,600 MW in the United Kingdom. The contract was signed on September 29, 2016, and is scheduled for commercial operation in 2025-2026. CGN also plans to export the HPR1000 nuclear power plant technology, the same technology as the Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4, to the United Kingdom. It is being evaluated by the regulator for the construction of the Bradwell Nuclear Power Plant.