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Thai Minister Announces Increase in Coal

Diversify the source of Fuel for Power

The Thai Energy Minister, Siri Jirapongphan, has recently announced that Thailand is expected to increase the mix of electricity generated by coal and renewables to diversify its source of fuel for power generation.

“The share of coal in our power generation mix is very low at slightly less than 20 percent,” the Energy Minister said at the International Energy Forum last week.

“We need to diversify the sources of fuel for our power generation. Having a reasonable percentage of coal to be used for power generation would be a necessity in considering the security of fuel supply to our generation system.”

In the past Thailand has relied mainly on natural gas

The power demand from the citizens is falling behind consumption, requiring the country to import more piped gas from Myanmar and more liquefied natural gas.

A plan set a few years back by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to build coal-fired power plants in the southern Thailand towns of Krabi and Songkhla have been delayed due to opposition from villagers and environmentalists.

“We need to conduct a more global strategic environmental assessment to identify a more suitable location to build a coal-fired power plant that Thailand needs,” Siri said, adding that a decision on the whereabouts of the coal fired power plants locations could be made towards the end of this year (2018).


Increase Coal Use in Thailand. Photo supplied by PennEnergy Thailand

Increase Coal Use in Thailand. Photo supplied by PennEnergy Thailand

“In terms of contribution to carbon dioxide generation, Thailand can be considered as one of the lowest in the world,” Siri said.

Authorities increased retail electricity prices by 3.5 percent last year for the first time since 2014, citing rising oil and gas prices.

Falling costs for solar panels has made the renewable resource competitive against fossil fuels.

“We have proven in several pilot projects that we can expand on our success to promote more electricity generation from renewable resources at a price which we call grid parity at 8 cents (per kilowatt hour) on a wholesale basis.”

Going forward, Siri said that Thailand will only be accepting grid-parity prices of electricity generated from renewable/green sources.

Follow this link to read the original article on the Reuters website by Florence Tan in NEW DELHI and Chayut Setboonsarng in BANGKOK; Additional reporting by Promit Mukherjee in NEW DELHI; Editing by Christian Schmollinger


People react negatively to more coal – Solar is expected to rise

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.

A project to build a coal-fired power plant in Thailand's southern Krabi Province has been stalled.

A project to build a coal-fired power plant in Thailand’s southern Krabi Province has been stalled.

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.

A project to build a coal-fired power plant in Thailand's southern Krabi Province has been stalled.


Click here to read more about why Solar is expected to rise in Thailand on the Nikkei Asian Review..