The Thai government expects the country’s electricity demand to grow.
The expected demand for electricity in Thailand, by the year 2036 is 70.33 million kilowatts.
The Thai Government had wanted to build an 800,000kW coal-fired plant to generate power, in the southern Thai province of Krabi. The government wanted to also build another one, with a capacity of 2 million kilowatts, in the province of Songkla. Both were expected to use coal imported from Indonesia. EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand), in July 2016, tried to obtain preliminary bids for the rights to build the Krabi plant, agreed to give the project to a Chinese-Thai business consortium.
But Thai residents and the local surrounding community groups were concerned about damage to the environment and opposed the project. To avoid a clash, Thailand’s military junta, led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, ordered EGAT to administer a second environmental impact assessment of the project, ‘effectively halting construction of the plant.’
‘Concerned residents’ show us that more people are realising the detriment of coal fired plants, and the benefit of renewable energy.
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