Egat to build new power plants on old sites

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Egat to build new power plants on old sites

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand has decided to build power plants at the same sites as its old plants instead of new locations where it could run into community resistance.

Ratanapong Jongdamgerng, Egat’s deputy governor for transmission systems, said yesterday that the Energy Ministry had been consulted on the plan to expand power capacity.

According to the plan, when the old plants are decommissioned, Egat will dismantle them and build new ones on top of them. This will avoid the cost of acquiring property and eliminate the need to win over surrounding neighbourhoods.

As part of the country’s power-development plan for 2010-30, old plants, most of them Egat’s, with combined capacity of 17.67 gigawatts, will be shut down.

Egat will repair the Bang Pakong and South Bangkok plants to extend their life span by two years, after the two-year delay in supply from two independent power plants, Siam Energy and National Power Supply, from 2013 and 2014.


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