Construction News

High-rises skirt law to spring up in Bangkok’s narrow streets

High-rises skirt law to spring up in Bangkok’s narrow streets Tall condominiums cause a myriad of problems in areas unsuited to their construction 12 May 2019 Due to unscrupulous state officials and greedy real estate developers exploiting legal loopholes, many high-rises manage to spring up in narrow sois in Bangkok, posing environmental problems and safety concerns. A source who has been working in the construction industry for decades told the Bangkok Post that the 1979 Building Control Act has been exploited in prime areas in Bangkok. Under the… Read more »

Ratch Group gets licence to develop and operate two units of a 1,400-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Ratchaburi province

Ratch Group gets licence to develop and operate two units of a 1,400-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Ratchaburi province Gas-fired Ratchaburi plant to double generating capacity 11 May 2019 The Energy Policy Administration Committee (Epac) has granted a licence for SET-listed Ratch Group Plc to develop and operate two units of a 1,400-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Ratchaburi province. Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said Epac acknowledged and approved the licence last week. The location is the site of the existing power plant of Tri Energy Co, a Ratch… Read more »

Thailand’s 100-billion-baht infrastructure development plan to boost links with its neighbours

Thailand’s 100-billion-baht infrastructure development plan to boost links with its neighbours 11 May 2019 The government is now on track to turn Thailand into a transport hub for six countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), following a 100-billion-baht infrastructure development project in the Thai border provinces. “Once construction of the facilities is complete, Thailand will become a major transit country among the GMS members,” Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith told media on Friday. The infrastructure includes a new double-track railway, bridges and roads as well as material transport… Read more »

Best Western Hotels & Resorts holds ground-breaking ceremony for its latest hotel in Bangkok, Best Western Nada Don Mueang

Best Western Hotels & Resorts holds ground-breaking ceremony for its latest hotel in Bangkok, Best Western Nada Don Mueang Pictured at the ground-breaking ceremony: Rene Jewell, Cluster General Manager, Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel and Vīb Best Western Sanam Pao (far left); Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, Best Western (2nd left); Mrs. Wanna Thitipoonya, Managing Director, Nuchinporn Co., Ltd. (3rd left); Mr. Krisda Thitipoonya, Managing Director, Nuchinporn Co., Ltd. (4th left), accompanied by members of the Thitipoonya family – Source: Best Western® Hotels… Read more »

Thai Supreme Court orders insurers to cover Red Shirts 2010 riot damage claims

Thai Supreme Court orders insurers to cover Red Shirts 2010 riot damage claims 9 May 2019 Thailand’s Supreme Court has ordered six insurers to pay around THB100 million (US$3.15 million) in property damage claims due to anti-government protests that led to rioting in 2010. The decision compels New Hampshire Insurance, Dhipaya Insurance, Fall Call Insurance, Bangkok Insurance, Deves Insurance, and Muang Thai Insurance to compensate the claimants by overturning the verdicts of two lower courts, the Bangkok Post reported. The claimants – Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), Thailand… Read more »

Thailand’s Richest 2019 – Renewables Somphote Ahunai, CEO of Absolute Energy

Thailand’s Richest 2019 – Renewables Somphote Ahunai, CEO of Absolute Energy Former securities trader Somphote Ahunai, who made his first billion from solar and wind power, is now betting on electric vehicles and the batteries to power them. Shares in Somphote’s renewable energy company, Energy Absolute — of which he and his family own 44% — rallied 47% in the past year, adding $900 million to Somphote’s wealth and boosting his rank to No. 10 from No. 18. Somphote started Energy Absolute in 2006 producing palm oil and… Read more »

Singapore ranked as fourth costliest Asian city to build in – Bangkok 8th

Singapore ranked as fourth costliest Asian city to build in – Bangkok 8th 9 May 2019 The construction sector shrank by 3.4% in 2018 due to a slowdown in public sector construction activities. Construction costs in Singapore are still cheaper than Hong Kong as the city-state remained the fourth most expensive city in Asia to build in, according to the International Construction Costs 2019 report published by global design and consultancy firm Arcadis. Hong Kong took the top spot as the most expensive city to build in due… Read more »

Egat seeks to tackle unstable generation with development of its power generation system

Egat seeks to tackle unstable generation with development of its power generation system 1 May 2019 The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is proceeding with development of its power generation system to make it more flexible to tackle unsteady power generation from renewable energy. As renewable power generation and distribution increase nationwide, the growth curve is expected to resemble a duck curve. But renewable power resources are very unstable. For example, solar only generates power in the daytime, wind depends on the weather and wind direction,… Read more »

Myanmar has an energy problem

Myanmar has an energy problem 30 April 2019 Ever since Myanmar undertook a series of political, economic and administrative reforms in 2011, the country’s economy has steadily improved. According to data from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Myanmar is enjoying some of the highest growth rates in the region. The ADB predicts that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by eight percent, higher than any other country in Southeast Asia. Similar to other Southeast Asian nations at the moment, Myanmar is also pushing for an upgrade… Read more »

Pöyry contribute to one of the biggest wind farm projects in Thailand which enters commercial operation

Pöyry contribute to one of the biggest wind farm projects in Thailand which enters commercial operation 30 April 2019 The 260 MW Hanuman Wind Farm Project, owned by the Energy Absolute Public Company Limited (EA), the largest renewable energy company in the SET, has recently entered commercial operation. Composed of five sub-projects located in Chaiyaphum Province, the project is set to be one of the biggest of its kind in Thailand. International engineering consultancy company Pöyry provided owner’s engineering services for the WTG erection and commissioning of the… Read more »