By WATCHARAPONG THONGRUNG
THE Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) can build more clean coal power plants than required under the power development plan as part of the Energy Ministry's policy of lowering the country's dependence on natural gas for electricity gener
The third amendment of the existing Power Development Plan (2013-2030) requires Egat to establish four clean coal power plants, each with a capacity of 800 megawatts, with supply to the power system beginning in 2019, 2022, 2025, and 2028, respectively. The plan also requires Egat to install two nuclear plants, each with a capacity of 1,000MW, for supply to the system in 2026 and 2028.
The governor said Egat has the potential to build more than four clean coal power plants, pending details of the new Power Development Plan.
The state agency has also prepared personnel and technology for establishment of the nuclear facilities, he added
Egat’s deputy governor for power plant development, Ratanachai Namwong, said the state agency is scheduled to hold the third public hearing on its plan to build a clean coal power plant in Krabi. The issues of coal transport and project details are scheduled for September 28 and October 12. Construction is expected to begin next year.
Regarding the setting up of nuclear power facilities, Soonchai said Egat is sending up to 25 staff a year for training to China’s Guangdong Nuclear Power Holdings.