Soonchai Kumnoonsate, the governor of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, insisted that it is necessary to proceed with the planned power plant in Krabi due to increasing power demand in the southern part.
He said that the region's power consumption has peaked at 2,700 megawatts, against the generating capacity of 2,300MW. Meanwhile, demand in the region is expected to grow by 6 per cent per annum.
Soonchai noted that without the new power plant, power brownouts and blackouts will be inevitable.
The power plant in Krabi will have 870MW in capacity. It has been facing opposition by local residents who are concerned about environmental problems.
The project is being assessed for environmental impacts, which should be completed in three months. If things go as planned, the construction will start early 2016 for completion in 2019.