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Thailand Energy Ministry plans IPP bidding for 8,300MW in 2019 pipeline

Thailand Energy Ministry plans IPP bidding for 8,300MW in 2019 pipeline Energy Ministry awaiting PDP nod 11 January 2019 The Energy Ministry plans to open bidding for independent power producers (IPPs) for a combined capacity of 8,300 megawatts (MW) this year. This will be the fourth round after IPP rounds for a combined capacity of 14,948MW that occurred in 1994, 2008 and 2013. Permanent energy secretary Kulit Sombatsiri said new IPPs will be developed at large sites that will be fuelled by gas, coal and diesel. “All details… Read more »

Thailand has a whopping $41b in unsold homes

Thailand has a whopping $41b in unsold homes 11 January 2019 THAILAND has a total of 454,814 residential units worth US$41 billion left unsold last year, a local industry expert said. President of the Agency for Real Estate Affairs, Sopon Pornchokchai on Thursday said unsold units in Bangkok made of for 40 percent of the total units left over from 2018 and 55 percent of the total value. “This meant that Bankok has become the only primate city in Thailand,” he said. He said the supplies included detached… Read more »

Austrian renewable energy model tried in Thailand

Austrian renewable energy model tried in Thailand 8 January 2019 Small town blueprint gasifies waste An Austrian energy company has brought a new process for generating renewable energy to Thailand, with the hope that after initial success their model will spread to small towns across the country. The carbon-neutral waste gasification plant in Nong Bua built by Gussing Renewable Energy (GRE) recently began supplying power to the area in November, turning agricultural and forest waste from the local community to energy that could power about 3,000 homes. The… Read more »

State Railway of Thailand land near Khon Kaen rail targeted for property development

State Railway of Thailand land near Khon Kaen rail targeted for property development 8 January 2019 The Jira-Khon Kaen double-track railway is being constructed in Muang district of Khon Kaen province Property development on plots close to the Khon Kaen railway station owned by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) should draw new demand and boost the economy in the province and region, say local developers. Channarong Buristrakul, president of the Khon Kaen Real Estate Association, said the plots owned by SRT are prime because they are located… Read more »

Siemens’ commitment to foster digital skill to new generation in Myanmar

Siemens’ commitment to foster digital skill to new generation in Myanmar 2nd batch of granting to vocational training center after the first batch began last year Equip new generation in Myanmar with the digital skill necessary for the digitalization era Siemens Limited continues preparing Myanmar’s education sector for the world megatrend – Digitalization by equipping students with digital skill knowledge via hands-on software learning. This year, software granting has begun at the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Yangon, which is the 2nd academic granting… Read more »

Phuket tram project seeks private sector investment

Phuket tram project seeks private sector investment 9 January 2019 (The term ‘tram’ and ‘light rail’ are variously used to describe the new public transport project for Phuket.) The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) is now inviting the private sector and local administrative bodies to get behind and invest in a mass-transit project in Phuket. The project is valued around 35 billion baht. The next rounds of talks and presentations are being held in Bangkok this Friday. The main feature is a new 58.5 kilometre long… Read more »

Best Western Hotels Resorts Signs New Seafront Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand

Best Western Hotels Resorts Signs New Seafront Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand 8 January 2019 Best Western Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of a new seafront property in the popular resort town of Hua Hin, on Thailand’s gulf coast. Best Western Plus Carapace Hotel Khao Tao will feature 410 guest rooms and an array of leisure amenities for all types of guest, including couples and families. Located close to the beach just south of Hua Hin town center and 2.5 hours’ drive from Bangkok, this contemporary… Read more »

Asia’s wind power revolution – Boom or bust?

Asia’s wind power revolution – Boom or bust? Asia Pacific countries have a raging appetite for wind power, but high costs and unattractive feed-in-tariffs mean that not all governments will be able to deliver. When Indonesia unveiled its very first wind farm in July 2018, the 75MW facility in Sulawesi instantly became an object of much fanfare and national pride. The Sidrap wind farm featured 30 towering turbines spread across a mountainous terrain measuring 100 hectares, capable of producing energy for over 70,000 households. It is the largest… Read more »

Mekong’s future remains uncertain as Thailand lights fuse on rapids-blasting project

Mekong’s future remains uncertain as Thailand lights fuse on rapids-blasting project As a new year dawns, the waters of the Mekong River remain turbulent with uncertainty. While many take holidays and prepare for the new year, the people of the Mekong face an unknown future. Earlier this month, residents along the Mekong in Chiang Rai were preparing to participate in a public hearing about a project to canalise the Lancang-Mekong, popularly known as the Mekong “rapids-blasting” project. The Chiang Khong Conservation Group, a local environmental organisation, was informed… Read more »

Bangkok’s Brown line rail route from Khae Rai to Lam Sali Approved

Bangkok’s Brown line rail route from Khae Rai to Lam Sali Approved 4 January 2019 The Land Traffic Management Committee yesterday approved a plan by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand to build a Brown line rail route from Khae Rai to Lam Sali, at an cost of Bt48 billion. It has also assigned the transport agency to open bidding for the project under the public private partnership programme in the year 2022, Chaiwat Thongkamkoon, permanent secretary of Transport Ministry said after a meeting, chaired by deputy… Read more »