Mitsubishi Electric Corp will supply switchgears for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand Ayutthaya and Chaeng Watthana substations expected to come online in 2017. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Mitsubishi Electric Corp will supply switchgears for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand Ayutthaya and Chaeng Watthana substations expected to come online in 2017.
The Japanese manufacturer said in a statement Thursday that it will ship the 500-kilovolt gas-insulated switchgears in 2016.
A switchgear is the combination of electrical-disconnect switches, fuses or circuit-breakers used to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment. Switchgears are used both to de-energize equipment to allow work to be done and to clear faults downstream. They are directly linked to the reliability of the electricity supply.
Mitsubishi Electric previously supplied Egat with the same switchgear for its Wang Noi combined-cycle power plant switchyard in 2013.
“Leveraging their strong working relationship built through the past equipment supply, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding on technical collaborations to enhance the quality and reliability of Egat’s transmission and distribution technologies,” the Mitsubishi statement read.
Mitsubishi Electric has been supplying generators, transformers and other such equipment to Thailand since the 1970s. The kingdom is now the key market for Mitsubishi Electric’s business strategy in Southeast Asia, the company said.